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Craig B. Smith's forty-year career combined engineering design and construction of major projects involving advanced technologies with a love for writing. His career began as an Assistant Professor of Engineering at UCLA. After leaving UCLA, he formed a high technology R & D company (ANCO Engineers, Inc.) that developed advanced instrumentation and data acquisition systems and some of the world's largest structural vibrators for seismic tests of high-rise buildings, dams, and nuclear power plants. In 1992 he joined AECOM, a large, international architecture/engineering firm, where he held several positions before retiring in 2003 as President and then chairman of AECOM subsidiary DMJM-Holmes and Narver, where he was responsible for the direction and management of many large public works projects such as airport expansion, mass transit, schools and courthouses, and took part in a joint venture responsible for the Pentagon renovation, before and after 9/11.
During his professional career, Smith wrote over 100 technical publications but also published poetry and short fiction. He wrote a textbook, "Energy Management Principles" (Pergamon Press, 1980), in addition to serving as editor of several books on energy conservation and efficiency. In 2003, he began writing full-time and published "How the Great Pyramid was Built" (Smithsonian Institution Press, 2004). A paperback edition was published in 2006 by HarperCollins and a Spanish language version, "Guiza: Cómo Se Construyó La Gran Pirámide," was published Editoria Crítica, Barcelona, Spain, in 2007.
In connection with this work Smith was featured on the Arts and Entertainment Channel's "Great Builders of Egypt" and in PBS's three hour series "Secrets of the Pharaohs." In 2006, he appeared in the History Channel's "Egypt: Engineering an Empire and in the National Geographic Magazine's "Naked Science series: Pyramids."
A sailor, Smith has always been interested in the sea and "Extreme Waves" was published by the Joseph Henry Press of the National Academy of Sciences in 2006, followed by "Lightning: Fire from the Sky" in 2008. His latest non-fiction book, "Counting the Days," will be published by Smithsonian Institution Press in May, 2012. It tells the amazing survival stories of six POWs from both sides of the Pacific conflict in WW II. In addition, he has published three novels, "House of Miracles," 2010, "Stirrings," 2011, and "Malaika's Miracle," 2012.