Joshua Smith directs the Gravitational-Wave Physics and Astronomy Center (GWPAC) and is an associate professor of physics at California State University, Fullerton.
Josh was born in Indian Lake, a small town in the Adirondack mountains of upstate New York. He attended Syracuse University in central New York, graduating with a BSc in 2002. He then moved to Germany to study gravitational physics at the University of Hannover's Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics / Albert Einstein Institute, earning a doctorate in 2006 for his work on the GEO600 gravitational-wave detector. Prior to joining Fullerton in 2010, he was a postdoctoral research associate at Syracuse University, working on optical technology and data characterization for gravitational-wave physics with Professor Peter Saulson.
Currently, Josh is active in gravitational research, astronomy education research, and teaching physics and astronomy. His research is focused on detecting gravitational waves from astronomical sources using the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) in collaboration with colleagues in GWPAC and in the international LIGO Scientific Collaboration.
Josh is married to Felicitas Smith and they live with their daughter Kira and dog Steve in Fullerton, California.
Dr. Joshua R. Smith
Director, Gravitational-Wave Physics and Astronomy Center
Associate Professor of Physics
California State University, Fullerton
800 N. State College Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92831