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GRANT M. SMITH

Grant M. Smith has been in the test and measurement industry for 40+ years, starting as a technician in 1980 and working his way up as an application engineer, where he put together hundreds of solutions for companies like NASA, Ford Motor Company, and many more. He eventually founded the North American division of Dewetron, running it for 20 years until he retired in 2017. He has a broad range of experience with DAQ applications across the automotive, aerospace, power, and industrial sectors. Today, Grant applies his application knowledge and experience writing about data acquisition technology for industry leader Dewesoft, and contributing to major industry publications.

Technical Milestones

In the 1990s, Grant wrote software for Ford Motor company that allowed them to remotely control all of their Graphtec DAQ systems, resulting in much greater efficiency for the car maker. This software was rolled out to hundreds of engineers worldwide.

 

In 2000, he developed the DAQ subsystem tribo-electric testing system that was used by NASA's Kennedy Space Center to test the electrostatic effects on a variety of materials, crucial to preventing ESD (electro-static discharge) in an oxygen-rich environment. He wrote the acquisition and analysis software and hosted it on an off-the-shelf DAQ system.

Grant was one of the three inventors of the first version of DewesoftX software, winning a technology innovation award from Slovenia in 2000. Colleagues Jure Knez, Grant M. Smith and Gerald Zotzeck received the award.

Grant created an integrated system for the cyclical testing of supermarket refrigerated cases for a major manufacturer in California, writing the software and integrating the precision temperature measurement hardware.

Grant invented the first PC-based battery-powered instrument that could run without external power indefinitely, using a hot-swap Lithium Ion battery scheme. His invention of the DA-130 with its SideHand battery system was awarded Product Of The Year by NASA Tech Briefs in 2006. This technology is still in use today by Dewetron, Dewesoft and other companies.

Technical articles written for the Dewesoft website:

https://dewesoft.com/author/grant-maloy-smith

 

Please contact him at grant.smith@dewesoft.com

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PUBLISHED ARTICLES

Title
Publication
Date
Author(s)
Hyperlink
Time for an Evolutionary Leap in Testing
International Telemetering Conference Proceedings
10/01/2022
Grant M. Smith
https://repository.arizona.edu/handle/10150/666966
Correlating Power Measurements with Electromotor Vibration Data
Automotive Testing Technology International
05/01/2022
Grant M. Smith
https://scholar.google.com/citations?view_op=view_citation&hl=en&user=u-_UHYkAAAAJ&citation_for_view=u-_UHYkAAAAJ:9yKSN-GCB0IC
New Hybrid ADC Technology Solves Tough Measuring Challenges
Electronics World Magazine
03/03/2022
Grant M. Smith
https://www.electronicsworld.co.uk/new-hybrid-adc-technology-solves-tough-measuring-challenges/33618/
Launching Rockets Securely by Converging IT, OT and High-speed DAQ
Control Engineering Magazine
12/15/2021
Grant M. Smith
https://www.controleng.com/articles/launching-rockets-securely-by-converging-it-ot-and-high-speed-daq/?oly_enc_id=9685B9266656B9S
Developing Advanced EV Battery Test Solutions
Evaluation Engineering Magazine
05/12/2021
Grant M. Smith
https://www.evaluationengineering.com/applications/automotive-test/article/21222396/dewesoft-developing-advanced-ev-battery-test-solutions
Developing Advanced EV Battery Test Solutions
Electronic Design Magazine
05/12/2021
Grant M. Smith
https://www.electronicdesign.com/technologies/test-measurement/article/21211718/dewesoft-developing-advanced-ev-battery-test-solutions
Executive Perspectives
NASA Tech Briefs
03/01/2016
Grant M. Smith
https://www.techbriefs.com/component/content/article/tb/pub/features/articles/24288
Data measurement applications
Aerospace Testing International
10/01/2011
Grant M. Smith
https://www.yumpu.com/en/document/read/7462830/aaaperhaps-the-most-intractable-problem-arises-once-dewetron
We Want Everything to be Better, Smaller, Faster
Aerospace Testing International
09/01/2010
Grant M. Smith
https://vdocuments.site/aerospace-testing-international-magazine-september-2010-tv.html?page=63
Full-Power Computers Run Indefinitely on Hot-Swappable Lithium-Ion Batteries
NASA Tech Briefs
12/01/2004
Grant M. Smith
https://www.techbriefs.com/component/content/article/tb/pub/techbriefs/electronics-and-computers/323
Networkable Telemetry Data Recorders Based on Cots Computer Technology
International Telemetering Conference Proceedings
10/01/2002
Grant M. Smith
https://repository.arizona.edu/handle/10150/607548
A New Approach to Measurements: The PC Instrument
Sound and Vibration Magazine 2002, Vol 36, Num 5, pp 16-20
06/01/2002
Grant M. Smith, Jure Knez, Matija Tuma
http://pascal-francis.inist.fr/vibad/index.php?action=getRecordDetail&idt=13712188
Networkable Telemetry Data Recorders Based on Cots Computer Technology
International Telemetering Conference Proceedings
02/21/2002
Grant M. Smith
https://repository.arizona.edu/handle/10150/607548
Chart Recorders Evolve Into Data Management Systems
International Telemetering Conference Proceedings
10/01/1991
Grant M. Smith
https://repository.arizona.edu/handle/10150/613053
The Need for Standardized Performance Characteristics for Digital Strip Chart Recorders
International Telemetering Conference Proceedings
10/01/1988
Grant M. Smith and Dave Gaskill
https://repository.arizona.edu/handle/10150/615243
Telemetry Chart Recording Via Direct Digital Link
International Telemetering Conference Proceedings
10/01/1988
Grant M. Smith and James Alexander
https://repository.arizona.edu/handle/10150/615242
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