Mark E. Smith

Mark graduated from State Technical Institute at Knoxville, TN in 1984 with an associate’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. He joined Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM that same year and worked in pulsed power systems and surface science (SEM and XPS/Auger Spectroscopy) while earning a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Mexico, graduating in 1991. His first experience with automated test was with a data acquisition system for stress measurement in thin films, running on a DEC MINC -11 platform (DEC BASIC) that he moved to an 8088 PC (RM/FORTRAN). Mark was working as a product engineer when he started programming in LabVIEW. His product line was in need of a new automated test system and he decided to see if he could just do it himself. The success of this project drove his interest in test and automation (and LabVIEW) and launched his current career.

Later projects included a large scale high-speed arbitrary signal generation system, test stands for flight electronics, and a test controller for a satellite ground station system. While developing these systems, Mark also completed undergraduate and graduate level work in computer science as part of Sandia’s internal training programs.

Mark retired from Sandia as a Principal Member of Technical Staff in May 2011 and joined MGI, where he is busy applying his knowledge and experience to solve tough problems for his customers.