Nathan Smith

Nathan Smith

Areas of Expertise

  • Scientific computing
  • Computer simulations
  • High performance computing
  • Software engineering

Background and Current Work

Nathan Smith joined Riverside Research in June 2010 and currently serves as the site lead and program manager for electromagnetics research at the Champaign Research Office and supports scientific computing programs. Nathan is one of two principal authors of Riverside Research’s Aurora asymptotic computational electromagnetics (CEM) approximate solver, which employs the physical-optics shooting-and-bouncing-rays (PO-SBR) technique. Amongst other aspects of the code, he is responsible for Aurora’s software architecture and high performance computing (HPC) design—a design that has allowed Aurora to scale to more than 8,000 cores. Nathan has also supported several other efforts within Riverside Research, serving as a researcher for the Agricultural Applications of Unmanned Aerial Systems and a principal investigator on the Constellation independent research and development projects.

Nathan also has experience as a wireless communications systems researcher investigating autonomous mobile ad hoc networks, digital cellular systems, and cellular systems simulations. In addition, Nathan developed numerous scientific computing tools including a GPU accelerated PO-SBR CEM code, discrete event simulations, data visualization, and graphical user interfaces. He also co-authored several conference papers and IEEE standards contributions and is a co-inventor on ten patents.

Education, Awards, and Recognition

Nathan obtained his MS in computer science from the Illinois Institute of Technology with an emphasis on distributed processing and a BS in computer science from Illinois State University.