Smith Elected to the Grade of Distinguished Member

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April 1, 2014

Smith,  JaneJane McKee Smith, Ph.D., P.E., D.CE, Dist.M.ASCE, is honored by ASCE for her pioneering work developing the STWAVE numerical model used by engineers around the world today and for advancing the knowledge of sediment transport, storm surge, and wetland inundation that enables the safety, health, and welfare of coastal communities.  Research hydraulic engineer and Waves group leader for the Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Smith has made major research contributions during her career with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in advancing the knowledge of ocean waves by participation in and direction of major national field, laboratory, and numerical programs. One of the major contributions from her work is the famous wave transformation model (STWAVE), which she continues to maintain and improve. Engineers around the world use this wave transformation model either as a standalone model or as part of a larger multiuse model. One of the most important contributions of her career was to apply her work in wave dynamics and storm surge following the massive destruction on the Gulf Coast from Hurricane Katrina. She was a leading member of the Interagency Panel on Evaluation and Technology, serving as team leader of all nearshore wave modeling within the Interagency Performance Evaluation Task Force (IPET). Her efforts were critical to the design and construction of the $80 billion rebuilding project for New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. Since 2001, Smith has been an adjunct professor at Mississippi State University, where she teaches a course on Rivers, Estuaries, and Coasts, and on Coastal Processes. Among the honors and awards Smith has received include ASCE’s Government Civil Engineer of the Year, the ERDC Research and Development Achievement award, the Superior Civilian Service Award (Department of the Army), the Waterways Experiment Station Woman of the Year, and the South Dakota State University Distinguished Alumni Award for Professional Achievement.

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