Nick Smith, was appointed as NNL Laboratory Fellow in Geocharacterisation in the Spring of 2014. Nick is also a Royal Society Industry Fellow in Remote Laser Characterisation and is seconded to the University of Manchester where he is Visiting Professor at the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering and Visiting Research Fellow at the School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences. He is also Technology Manager in Geology and GIS within NNL’s Environmental Characterisation Team.
Nick graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Geology from Keele University in 1994 where he also gained a PhD in structural geology, stratigraphy and 3D geological modelling in 1998. Following post-doctoral research in 3D modelling he joined the hydrocarbon exploration industry as a petroleum/structural geologist before joining BNFL in 2000. He joined his current team in 2002, leading the geology and geographical information systems (GIS) areas. He obtained an MSc (with merit) in GIScience in 2010 at Manchester Metropolitan University. Nick established a new collaboration between NNL and the University of Manchester in 2010 in remote laser-based characterisation, leading to his award of a Royal Society Industry Fellowship in 2013. This has continued with the launch of the new Photon Analysis by Remote Observation Suite (PHAROS) Laboratory, at the university’s Photon Science Institute in 2014 and the establishment in March 2015 of the new NNL-University of Manchester multi-disciplinary Photon and Laser Analysis of Materials and Environments (PHLAME) Research Group.
Nick has published widely in his primary research areas of sedimentology, stratigraphy, structural geology, glacial geology, 3D geological modelling, and remote laser-based characterisation. He is industrial supervisor of several PhD students, including several NNL-funded part-time students, who are undertaking research in coastal geoscience, structural geology using 3D laser scanning, and remote characterisation.
Nick is a member of the Commission for the Management and Application of Geosience Information and the Task Group on Tectonics and Structural Geology, both with the International Union of Geosciences. He is a Chartered Fellow of the Geological Society (FGS CGeol), a European Geologist with the European Federation of Geologists (EurGeol) and a Member of the Institution of Environmental Scientists (MIEnvSc). Nick was recently awarded Fellowship of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA).
Nick has a long-standing interest in science communication and through his Laboratory Fellowship has taken a lead role in the transformation of science and technology (S & T) communication within NNL, developing new strategies for internal and external S & T communication. He also coordinates NNL’s annual BEST (Best External Science and Technology Publication) Award.