Member, Meridian Board of Directors
Mr. Smith and his wife Anita were early stage investors in Meridian, and because of his expertise he will provide Board level oversight of project cost and scheduling management and control.
Mr. Smith is also a member of the Board of Directors of Bighorn Properties Corporation. Mr. Smith has over thirty years of experience in the aerospace and defense industry and related fields, including management of large-scale avionics design and test hardware and software teams, the project management and control of complex projects using the DOD’s EVMS control system.
From 2002 through 2007 Mr. Smith was with Northrop-Grumman Air Combat Systems in El Segundo, where he headed up the teams that modeled and wrote avionics software systems requirements for the F-35 program, and prior to this assignment was with Boeing Space Systems in Huntington Beach, where he was responsible for the avionics integration of three customer payloads into the Delta IV launch vehicle.
From 1992 to 1997, Mr. Smith was with McDonnell-Douglas Aircraft in Long Beach, where he was the Software Project Manager in the C-17 Software Integration group responsible for incorporating a block of software improvements into the avionics and flight control systems, and conducted Mission Computer software stability studies, and for three years prior to that assignment was the senior Staff Engineer for McDonnell-Douglas on the MD-11 Program.
From 1984 to 1989, Mr. Smith was with the Northrop Corp’s Advanced Systems Division in Pico Rivera, where he managed B-2 Avionics Subsystems test group responsible for budget, schedule and technical direction of Avionics engineers conducting developmental hardware and software integration testing, and prior to that he was with ARINC Research, Military Systems in Santa Ana, responsible for defining integration of GPS receivers into the Avionics suites of many Army aircraft and other vehicles.
While at Northrop Corp. in Hawthorne from 1980 to 1983, Michael W. Smith was the Lead Engineer in the F-20 Avionics Systems Engineering group responsible for design and definition of Comm/Nav, Controls & Displays, Stores Management and Weapon Delivery systems. From 1977 to 1980, he was with Hughes Helicopters in Culver City, where he was the Avionics Supervisor of the AH-64 Apache Attack Helicopter avionics engineering group responsible for budget, schedule, technical direction of design and testing, and his group completed all avionics design & test goals on time and 5% under budget. While attending Orange Coast College (1973 thru 1977) Mr. Smith was enrolled in their Residential Real Estate Program, completing 18 semester hours, obtained his Certificate in Residential Building from Orange Coast College in 1989, and obtained his Certificate in Financial Planning from University of California, Irvine, in 1995. Mr. Smith obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from University of California in Los Angeles in 1967.