Biography

Jon Michael Smith is a NASA scientist and NASA engineer who developed the numerical integration technique known as T-Integration. He is the author of the Wiley books Mathematical Modeling and Digital Simulation for Engineers and Scientists, Scientific Analysis on the Pocket Calculator, Financial Analysis and Business Decisions on the Pocket Calculator and a class notebook Quantitative Methods in Business published by McGraw Hill.

Mike was born September 6, 1938. He was raised in Miles City, Montana. He is a father, by design and an engineer by profession. He has two boys, Mike (37) and Chris (34). Chris is a Captain in the Army, served his country in Baghdad and is preparing to be a teacher at West Point. Mike was in the Army, serving with the 82nd Airborne is presently employed by BearingPoint Incorporated, a financial consulting firm in Washington DC. Chris graduated from West Point in 1997, took a masters degree in systems engineering and a masters degree in operations analysis at the University of Texas. Mike took a Masters in Business Administration - Finance at George Mason University. Both are doing well and enjoying their lives.

Dad Mike retired from the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas in January 2007. He is the proprietor of Jon M. Smith and Associates (JMSA). JMSA finds collaborators for firms bidding on NASA work and assists in proposal preparation for decision support contracts related to the close-out of the Shuttle program and the start-up of the NASA Exploration program.
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Mike Smith

When at NASA, he managed the special projects office in the Space Shuttle Program Strategic Planning office. His work dealt with NASA's response to the recommendations made by the Columbia Accident Investigation Board and with NASA's terminating the Space Shuttle Program. Prior to this assignment, he served as the Commercialization Manager for the Space Operations Management Office at JSC and served as the program manager for the Advanced Communications Technology Satellite Program.

Mike also consults on: (1) the research he does on small business survival[1]. He is focused on finding ways to halt failures of small businesses in America. Mr. Smith's father, and grandfather before him, were all small businessmen. The family is devoted to the American tradition of independence and economic security for the family through quality business products and service to local communities, (2) His development of T-integration and its applications in high-fidelity, digital flight simulators and control system applications, (3) his 32 years of experience serving NASA's Shuttle marketing and sales program, NASA's space commercialization program and NASA's Communications Satellite programs. His consulting practice is expanding to include more traditional engineering and business services to firms interested in growth and contribution to National Security, NASA's Space Exploration and Space Communications programs, and (4) his Physics and Business education experiences at Seattle University, the Harvard Business School and the Sloan School of Management.

Mike works most of the time. He is from the old school that says work is life, and life must be practical. Working is a good habit of his generation. His leisure time is spent flying and writing. He owns a Pitts Special. He is a member of the Bay Area Aero Club. The club flies out of Clover Field, a Houston airport. Mike writes books for John Wiley and Sons Publishers Inc. and McGraw Hill Publishers Inc.

Mike's training includes a Bachelors of Science degree in Physics, Seattle University, and Seattle, Washington. He is an alumnus of the Harvard Graduate School of Business's Advanced Management Program and a past member of MIT's Sloan School's Management of Complex Organizations Program. Mike was chosen by NASA to attend these programs to develop insights into business practices that would be useful in NASA's space commercialization initiatives.