Mr. Smith founded a successful small business, Software Research Corporation. He left that firm to join NASA where he was involved in setting policies and establishing precedents for marketing flights on the Space Shuttle. Mr. Smith has been involved in NASA's programs from developing NASA missions to employing Space Commercialization to reduce NASA's costs. He is a member of the Apollo Lunar Landing team and the Space Shuttle development, marketing and business operations teams.

While his life's work has been in Aerospace Engineering, his interests in Applied Mathematics and Operations Research have lead to the development of new methods in numerical integration that are widely used and published in the CRC Encyclopedia of Mathematics. The applications have included simulation of flight guidance and control, spacecraft vehicle design, flight software design and hardware-software integration. He has authored numerous books and papers on subjects that have spanned his career.

Mr. Smith is a charter member of the governments Senior Executive Service; A Fellow in the Society for the Advancement of Engineering; Discoverer of the T-Numerical Integrator; A member of the Quiet Birdman Association. He has served as an Associate Professor of both Physics and Business at the University of Mary Washington. Mike is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School's Advance Management Program.

Professional Accomplishments

JMSA: 2007 to Present

Proprietor: Jon Michael Smith and Associates:
  • Reestablished JMSA Consulting Services
  • Consultant to ARCS Inc. on Business Development
  • Consultant to George Mitchell on the commercial support for the Giant Magellan Telescope
  • Consultant to Wyle Labs working on NASA COTS Lunar Initiatives
  • Consultant to Wyle Labs working on NASA COTS Commercial Transportation Initiatives as an FG&C and Systems engineering SME working on the SpaceX Falcon9, Orbital Taurus II and SNC HL-20 spacecraft programs.
  • Consultant to Wyle Labs as an expert in Flight Guidance and Control Systems

NASA: July 2006 to January 2007

Manager: Special Projects Office in the Space Shuttle Program Strategic Planning Office. His special projects include:
  • Providing Liaison support to the SSPO as directed by the SSPO Space Shuttle Strategic Planning Office Manager.
  • Establishing Transition Requirements and expectations for SSP Projects and support organizations as assigned.
  • Conducting benchmark follow-up assignments as proposed by the Special Projects Manager and approved by the SSPO Manager.
  • Developing the Shuttle Program closeout plan for inclusion in the Strategic Capability Assessment Data Base. The plan is to include the orderly closeout of all projects in the Shuttle Program.
  • Developing, analyzing and validating transition cost estimates employing top level cost models.
  • Representing the Strategic Planning Office on various control boards, panels and technical interchange meetings.
  • Reviewing Shuttle Program Close-Out requirements levied on the Shuttle Program from various NASA Headquarters Offices.
  • Conducting Operations Research (quantitative analysis) of the Fly-Out Termination effects on SSP Transition Planning.
  • Participating in the integrated planning and implementation of the transition from the Shuttle program to the Exploration and Space Station Programs
  • Participating in the preparation of the SSP Transition Strategic Management Plan and representing the SSPO Managers position on Policy and Implementation planning.
  • Establishing the appropriate implementation of AS9100 Quality Management System requirement within the Space Shuttle Program Office.
  • Participating in the Integrated Planning Control Processes activities at JSC.

NASA: 2002 to July 2006

Manager: Special Projects Office in the Space Shuttle Program Business Office. His special projects have included:
  • Participating in NASA's Systems Engineering and Institutional Transitions Team as the Commercialization/Privatization expert for the analysis, synthesis and integration group.
  • Chaired the team that developed Termination and Transition guidelines for the Space Shuttle Program Operating Plans (based lessons learned from the United States Air Force Titan Program closeout).
  • Wrote a definitive benchmark report on the Titan Program Closeout as related to the Shuttle Program Close-Out (Termination and Transition of the Space Shuttle Program); see below in publications.
  • Participated in the investigations of the Titan Program Closeout, the United States Navy's Base Realignment and Closures process, the Closeout of the Space Shuttle Orbiter Production Termination project and the close-out of the Navy's Attack Submarine Program termination. These investigations are documented on the Shuttle Program Closeout website
  • Chaired the Columbia Management Root Cause Analysis team, presented the results to the Space Shuttle Program management and documented the study results in a report related to the loss of the Columbia.
  • Led the development of the first top-level cost model used to estimate, parametrically, the cost of Shuttle Program Termination.
  • Contributed an Independent Probabilistic Risk Analysis on the Flowliner Independent Verification Analysis being done by the NESC.
  • Led and developed the Commercial Space Industrial Park Initiative (A commercialization of space initiative follow-on to the ISS.
  • Serving as the Commercialization and Program Advocate (past program manager) for the award winning Advanced Communications Satellite Technology (ACTS) Program.
  • Contributed the Government Corporation chapter to the Dittemore study and report on the Privatization of the Space Shuttle Program.
  • Led the NASA study of initiatives that involve Government Corporations and Government Authorities models as institutional setting for the Space Shuttle Program; as suggested in the Rand Corporation Report on Shuttle Program futures. This work is also published in the Dittemore study report on the Privatization of the Shuttle program.
  • Exploration of innovative ways to fund manned spaceflight programs through space commercialization initiatives (unpublished).
  • Developed the JSC Value-to-the Nation metric employed in the JSC metrics reporting to HQ. This work was done for the JSC Commercialization Manager, Mark Craig.

NASA: 1998 to 2002

Manager: Commercialization office for the Space Operations Management Office (SOMO). The office reported to the SOMO Director. He served as the Advocate (past program manager) for the ACTS Program, and the NASA Search and Rescue Technology Program. He developed Initiatives that involved Government Corporations and Government Authorities as eventual settings for the SOMO program.
  • Successfully developed the commercialization plan for the NASA Polar Ground Network, and oversaw its implementation by the contractor CSOC, a Lockheed Martin company.
  • Successfully coordinated and developed the NASA-wide Polar Network commercialization of the Polar Ground Network with Goddard Space Flight Center and the Jet Propulsion Laboratories. These coordination plans were TOUGH to develop.
  • Principal author of Ground Network Architectures for Future Space Operations. This paper lays out the six rules for developing Ground Networks (GNs) for the space operations through 2030. The basis for the paper is experience from the ACTS satellite program, lessons learned from current GN operations and the "inevitables" associated with space based internets. The paper was presented and well received at the World Space Congress 2002 meeting.

NASA: 1992 to 1998

Manager: (1) NASA Advanced Communications Satellite Program, (2) NASA Search and Rescue Research and Development Program, (3) the Applications Technology Satellite Program. Accomplishments included:
  • Team recognition of the ACTS program accomplishments by induction into the Commercial Aerospace Technology Hall of Fame.
  • Managed the ACTS Experiments Program, including funding, program reviews, readiness reviews, approving non-NASA and commercialization experiments on the ACTS experiments program, and served as spokesperson for the program at conferences and with the press.
  • Managed the smooth transfer of the ACTS Program from the NASA Science Office to the NASA Commercialization Office, two culturally different organizations.
  • Managed the NASA funding and early project planning for the development and deployment of the high data rate terminals under the joint direction of the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) and NASA and the Private Sector.
  • Managed the first NASA Blue Ribbon Committee Industry review of the ACTS Program.
  • Successfully led the effort to down size the ACTS headquarters management team.
  • Developed trend analyses for guiding industry in wideband applications for communications satellites.
  • Chaired the Inter Governmental Agency Search and Rescue (SAR) R&D working group. Developed the SAR Vision Statement for Search and Rescue through 2010.

Mary Washington College: 1992 to the 1996

Adjunct Professor of Physics and Business; accomplishments:
  • Established a solid reputation in two departments and with the student body, as an Adjunct Professor of Laboratory Physics and Quantitative Methods of Business.
  • Developed a simulation of the chaotic motion of satellites.
  • Served as guest lecturer for the introduction to Quantum Mechanics and Relativity.
  • Solved an important nonlinear problem for pricing for optimal profits.
  • Authored a class notebook on Quantitative Methods in Business that was published by McGraw Hill.

NASA: 1990 to 1992

Director, Special Projects, in the Office of Commercial Programs. Accomplishments included:
  • Developed a joint endeavor agreement with NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC) and Autometric Incorporated to develop and test an electronic digital still camera for imaging earth and shuttle payloads from the space shuttle. The NASA camera flew twice and produced outstanding results.
  • Was instrumental in developing the business processes and practices that led to the successful development of the McDonnell Douglas micro-gravity electrophoresis processor.

NASA: 1975 to 1990

Served in various management positions, the last of which was as Director, Special Projects Office of Customer Services Division, and Office of Space Flight. Accomplishments:
  • One of three engineering managers that developed the charter, organization, and functions for the NASA Office of Commercial Programs.
  • Led the development of a joint endeavor space materials research program for NASA and 3M Company.
  • Led the NASA team in the concept development of the SPAS-01 Satellite (the first deployable, retrievable satellite in the Space Shuttle Program).
  • Negotiated the cooperative agreement between NASA, MBB and the DFVLR in Germany, to develop and fly the SPAS-01 as a test satellite in the Shuttle flight test program.
  • Negotiated the first launch agreement with a commercial firm to fly its spacecraft on the Space Shuttle.
  • One of two principles to develop the Launch Agreement for the Space Shuttle.
  • Led the initial development and implementation of the Small Self-contained Payload Program.
  • Led the Office of Space Flight Inter-Center Working Group which established the STS Reimbursement Policy and the first STS Optional Services Pricing Manual.
  • Completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School.

McDonnell Douglas Corporation: 1965 to 1975

He held various engineering positions at McDonnell Douglas Corporation, the last of which was Sr. Group Engineer. Accomplishments:
  • Led the design of a small special projects satellite for McDonnell Douglas Corporation.
  • Led the development of a part-task flight simulator for training astronauts on the Apollo lunar return guidance and control.
  • Supported the development of simulators for the Gemini Program.

He developed a new approach to developing mathematical algorithms for simulation and control (Jon M. Smith on T-Integration on Wikipedia). The integrator is used in America. He still works in this area of research and publishes his findings regularly (Jon M. Smith on T-Integration). It was also during this period that he started Software Research Corporation (SRC). This firm had contracts with a number of aerospace firms for seminars and consulting on the numerical algorithms for control and simulation.

The Boeing Company: 1959 to 1965

Began his aerospace career at the Boeing Company as an assembler mechanic on the B-52 production line and finished as a member of the Seattle Professional Engineers Association. Accomplishments included:
  • One of the engineers who participated in the development of MINICEPTOR, a spinning web warhead ballistic missile interceptor demonstration program.
  • One of the engineers who developed the sound suppression devices that flew on the Boeing 707-80 experimental jet transport and later on Boeing 707s.

Recognized for his technical strengths and was recommended for, and accepted in, the Seattle Professional Engineers Association (SPEA). The SPEA recognition promoted him to the rank of engineer at Boeing. During this time he attended Seattle University where he earned his BS Degree in Physics.

  • Bachelors of Science in Physics. Seattle University, Seattle, Washington
  • Alumni of the Advanced Management Program, Harvard Business School, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Graduate of the Federal Executive Institute University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia.
  • Member of the Management of Change in Complex Organizations program, MIT Sloan Business School, Boston, Massachusetts.

Awards & Recognition
  • Association of Space and Astronautics/Inductee in the Space Technology Hall of Fame.
  • Council of Engineering Societies/Honorary International Engineer of the Year.
  • Society for the Advancement of Engineering.Fellow.
  • Aviation Week/Laurels 84.
  • NASA/Exceptional Service Medal.
  • NASA/Selected for the Harvard Business School's AMP Program.
  • NASA/Selected for the MIT Sloan's Management of Change Complex Organization Program.
  • Aerobatics Club of America/The coveted Pappy Spinks Sportsmanship Award for personal sacrifices made when flying his Pitts Special in the USA Nationals.

Experience, Skills and Community Service
  • Mathematician: Developer of the T-Integrator, a numerical integrator based on modern information theory concepts. The "Tunable" integrator can be tuned to a wide variety of applications. The T-Integrator is documented in the 2003 Edition of The CRC Concise Encyclopedia of Mathematics: pp 2986.
  • Author: Authored Mathematical Modeling and Digital Simulation for Engineers and Scientists (2nd edition), Quantitative Methods in Business, and numerous other books, notebooks and papers, John Wiley and Sons Publishers and McGraw Hill Publishers.
  • Lecturer: Mathematical Modeling for the ASME's continuing education program. He has taught this popular program for four years.
  • Adjunct Professor: Physics and Business at Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He is ranked among the faculty that gets very high student evaluations.
  • Pilot: Flew as a corporate pilot, when young and a national competitor in Aerobatics, flying his Pitts Special, when older. He still flies his Pitts Special for business and pleasure.

  • Mathematical Modeling and Digital Simulation for Engineers and Scientists 2nd Edition: John Wiley and Sons Publishers (Published in English, Russian and German editions).
  • Quantitative Methods in Business: a class notebook. McGraw Hill Publishers.
  • Scientific Analysis on the Pocket Calculator for Scientists and Engineers: John Wiley and Sons Publishers (Published in English, French and German editions).
  • Financial Analysis and Business Decisions on the Pocket Calculator: John Wiley and Sons Publishers.
  • Jacobson, Leonard J., Robert F. Krampf, and Jon Michael Smith. "Development and Implementation of NASA's STS Reimbursement Policy." Journal of Contemporary Business. Vol. 7 No. 3, 1978.
  • Trends in Experimental Communications Satellite Design : AIAA Communications Satellite Conference 2000:
  • Ground Network Architectures for Future Space Operations: AIAA Space Operations 2002: Paper T2-61
  • Principles of Performance Monitoring, with application to Automatic Landing: AIAA Paper No. 71-958: August 16-18, 1971.
  • Numerous other publications including books, papers, and articles on various subjects including Ground Network Architectures for Future Space Operations, the Space Shuttle Pricing and Marketing Policy, Fast Numerical Integration for Real-Time Simulation and Control (T-Integration), The ACTS Satellite program, Trends in Experimental Communications Satellite Developments, Performance Monitoring with Application to the DC-10 Automatic Landing System, Research on the Kiel Artificial Kidney etc.
  • Web pages on Business and Analysis (see Jon M. Smith on T-Integration, and Seminars).
  • A recent publication dealing with Ground Networks that support space operations through 2030. This papers sets out six principles for follow when developing Ground Networks for Future Space Operations.
  • Titan program benchmarking for the Space Shuttle Program close-out.

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