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Kevin B. Smith
Mail Code: PH/Sk
Department of Physics
Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Monterey, CA 93943
Phone: 831-656-2107
Email: kbsmith (at)
PhD - Univ of Miami, 1991
MS - Yale Univ, 1988
AB - Rollins College, 1986
  • 1995-present Professor, Department of Physics, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA (Assistant(1995-2000)/Associate(2000-2008)/Full(2008-present)).
    • Duties include research in underwater acoustic propagation, modeling, and signal processing with emphasis on vector fields, vector sensors, acoustic communications, localization, littoral environments, pulse propagation, matched-field processing, and 3-D effects. Teaching duties include intermediate and advanced courses in underwater acoustics, signal processing, and the development of the sonar equation, as well as general physics courses.
  • 2010-2012 Director, NPS - National Capital Region, Arlington, VA
    • Duties included serving as the lead for establishing a presence in the National Capital Region, including the development of partnership agreements, financial models, and facility policies for faculty and staff in the area.
  • 2008-2010 Director of Outreach - East Coast, Naval Postgraduate School, Arlington, VA
    • Duties included serving as primary interface between NPS Office of the Provost and DoD leadership in the Washington, DC area; interaction with potential education customers (e.g., warfare centers, system commands, etc); and engagement with potential research and education collaborators (e.g., academia, research labs).
  • 2006-2008 Visiting Professor - Sensors and SONAR Systems Department, Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Newport, RI
    • Duties include research in SONAR systems employing vector sensors, evaluation of vector sensor performance, and development of CONOPS for systems employing vector sensors. Management duties include oversight of educational programs in Engineering Acoustics, team lead on assigned projects, and organization of NUWC working groups focused on vector sensor processing.
  • 1995-1996 Research Scientist/Consultant - EOS Research Assoc., Monterey, CA
    • Duties included computational research in underwater sound propagation and modeling, with emphasis on matched-field processing.
  • 1992-1994 Postdoctoral Researcher - Marine Physical Laboratory, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD, La Jolla, CA
    • Duties included computational research in underwater sound propagation and modeling, with emphasis on reverberation and bottom interactions.
  • 1991-1992 Postdoctoral Research Associate - Applied Marine Physics, RSMAS, University of Miami, Miami, FL
    • Duties included computational research in underwater sound propagation and modeling, with emphasis on reverberation, and chaos in underwater sound propagation and ocean surface wave propagation.
  • 1990-1992 Research Scientist/Computer Modeler - Daubin Systems, Inc. (a.k.a. MAC Systems, Inc.), Miami, FL
    • Duties included computational research in underwater sound propagation and modeling, with emphasis on reverberation and matched-field processing.
  • 1988-1991 Graduate Research Assistant - Applied Marine Physics, RSMAS, University of Miami, Miami, FL
    • Duties included graduate studies and guided research; research in chaos in ocean mixing and underwater acoustics directed toward a Ph.D. Dissertation (Michael Brown, advisor); research in underwater sound propagation and modeling with emphasis on reverberation (Frederick D. Tappert, advisor).
  • All aspects of general physics and advanced courses on underwater acoustics.
  • All areas of SONAR system development and underwater acoustic propagation, specifically including the following areas: acoustic vector sensors and their utilization in current sonar systems, shallow water propagation and acoustic variability, especially as it relates to sonar processing; the impact of small-scale fluctuations on high-frequency problems (e.g., underwater communications, mine-hunting, etc.); time-reversal acoustics and its utilization in current sonar systems; long range propagation and the effects of ocean variability, specifically as it relates to three-dimensional propagation effects; interactions with sediment and sub-sediment bottom structures; matched-field processing and broadband transient localization in shallow water; and general improvements in acoustic modeling as an aid to data analysis.
  • Fellow, Acoustical Society of America
  • 1992 - Marine Physical Laboratory Postdoctoral Fellowship, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Univ of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA
  • Program Manager, Engineering Acoustics Distance Learning Program
  • Associate Chair for Research, Department of Physics
  • Member, Undersea Warfare Academic Group Executive Committee
  • Member, NPS Research Board
  • Member, Technical Committee for Underwater Acoustics, the Acoustical Society of America
  • Member, Technical Committee for Signal Processing in Acoustics, the Acoustical Society of America
  • Badiey, M., Song, A., and Smith, K.B., “Coherent reflection from surface gravity water waves during reciprocal acoustic transmissions,” J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 132, pp. EL290-295, 2012.
  • Senne, J., Song, A., Badiey, M, and Smith, K.B., “Parabolic equation modeling of high frequency acoustic transmission with an evolving sea surface,” J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 132, pp. 1311-1318, 2012.
  • Smith, K.B., “Field transformational approach to three-dimensional scattering from two-dimensional rough surfaces,” J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 131, pp. EL441-447, 2012.
  • Smith, K.B., “Theory and Phenomenology of the Acoustic Vector Field,” Proceedings of International Congress on Acoustics 2010, Sydney, Australia, 23-27 August, 2010. (Invited paper.)
  • Barton, R.J. and Smith, K.B., “Characterization of the Scattered Intensity Field in the Near Field and Resonance Region of Submerged Objects,” J. Underwater Acoust. 60, pp. 527-541, 2010. [Invited]
  • Smith, K.B., “Effects of shear on boundary-coupled vector sensors,” J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 124, pp. 3464-3470, 2008.
  • Smith, K.B., “Validating range-dependent, full-field models of the acoustic vector field in shallow water environments,” J. Comp. Acoust., Vol. 16, pp. 471-486, 2008.
  • Smith, K.B. and van Leijen, A.V., “Steering vector sensor array elements with cardioids, hippopedes, and other beam shapes,” J. Acoust. Soc. Am., Vol. 122, pp 370-377, 2007.
  • Smith, K.B., “Adjoint modeling with a split-step Fourier parabolic equation model,” J. Acoust. Soc. Am., Vol. 120(3), pp. 1190-1191, 2006.
  • Keywords: Underwater acoustics, acoustic vector sensors, ocean acoustic propagation, rough surface scattering, and parabolic equation modeling

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