1978 grad makes final fall presentation of MC's Physics Colloquium

Dr. Greg Smith, who graduated from Marietta College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics in 1978, made the final presentation of the Physics Colloquium fall season on Friday, Nov. 11.

Smith spoke to a crowd of about 50 people on his work at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee and the field of neutron scattering. In 2002, Smith joined the neutron scattering group at the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) Center for Neutron Scattering at Oak Ridge.

After Marietta College, Smith attended Iowa State University and received his Ph.D. in condensed matter physics in 1985. His graduate work was in neutron inelastic scattering from rare earth metals performed primarily using the facilities at ORNL.

Upon graduation, Dr. Smith accepted a post-doctoral research assistantship in a joint collaboration between the University of Colorado Physics Department and the Exxon Research and Engineering Company Condensed Matter Laboratory. At Exxon, he performed experiments using X-ray synchrotron scattering from soft condensed matter systems.

In 1988, Smith joined the Los Alamos Neutron Scattering Center (LANSCE) as instrument scientist for the neutron reflectometer. At LANSCE, he studied thin films and interfaces using neutron reflectometry.

Smith is a fellow of the American Physical Society and is presently CNS Deputy Director for Center Development. His current research interests include the studies of biomimetic materials, biomembranes, and polymer surfaces and interfaces.