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Rita Rex Smith, American Mechanical engineer. Recipient research grant Air Force Weapons Laboratory, 1987-1988, instructional grant Ohio Board Regents, 1973-1974, fellowship Air Force Office of Science Research, 1987. Adult trainer Girl Scouts American, Akron, Ohio, 1981-1986. Member Kappa Mu Epsilon.

Background

Smith, Rita Rex was born on December 11, 1954 in Akron, Ohio, United States. Daughter of Marvin George and Mabel (Howell) Rex.

Education

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Akron, 1979. Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, University New Mexico, 1989. Postgraduate in Nuclear Engineering, University New Mexico, since 1990.

Career

Assistant stress engineer nuclear equipment division, Babcock & Wilcox, Barberton, Ohio., 1979-1981; application engineer, McKenzie-Ris Manufacturing Division Ecodyne Corporation, Massillon, Ohio., 1981; associate stress engineer nuclear equipment division, Babcock & Wilcox, Barberton, 1982 research scientist bureau of engineering research, U. New Mexico, Albuquerque, 1987-1988; teaching assistant department mathematics, U. New Mexico, Albuquerque, 1990; graduate research assistantship, Los Alamos (New Mexico) National Laboratory, 1990; research assistant nuclear engineering, U. New Mexico, 1993-1994. Teaching assistant department physics U. New Mexico, Los Alamos, summers 1993, 94, 95. Graduate research assistant Los Alamos National Laboratory, 1994-1996.

Owner, managing director SofTalk Engineering, since 1997.

Achievements

  • Achievements include research in optical propagation through turbulence. Addition of an empirical correction for compressibility effects to the turbulence model. Furthering the understanding of how turbulence and optics equations are coupled, development of smoothed particle hydrodynamics algorith for modeling turbulence analyses.

    Writing of a parallel SPH code to run on the CM-5 using CM Fortran. Theoretical and computational modeling of optical imaging of brain tissue. Assessment of scientific lab equipment for year 2000 problems.

Membership

Adult trainer Girl Scouts American, Akron, Ohio, 1981-1986. Member Kappa Mu Epsilon.

Connections

father:
Marvin George Rex

mother:
Mabel (Howell) Rex