Arthur R. Smith Ė Biosketch.  Arthur R. Smith completed his B.S. degree in physics at Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO in 1987.  He received his Ph.D. in physics in 1995 from the University of Texas at Austin, working with Dr. Chih-Kang Shih and specializing in atomic-scale scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) of semiconductor heterostructures.  He went on to do post-doctoral work at Carnegie Mellon University with Dr. Randall Feenstra from 1996 through 1998, where he focused on molecular beam epitaxy combined with STM to investigate the growth and surface structure of gallium nitride.  Then, in 1998 he joined the faculty as a new Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at Ohio University, and developed his own lab focusing on MBE growth and STM studies of transition metal nitride materials. 

In 2000, Smith was awarded the U.S. Presidential Early CAREER Award in Science and Engineering (PECASE, $500K, 2000-05) for his work on gallium nitride and for his educational commitments.  In 2002, Smithís research expanded to include spin-polarized STM with a first publication on that topic in Physical Review Letters.  Dr. Smith was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2003 and to full professor in 2008.  Smith led an effort to win a $1.1 Million NSF Nanoscale Interdisciplinary Research Team grant for nanospintronics & nanomagnetics research in 2003, and a $2.5 Million NSF Partnership for International Research & Education grant in 2007. 

Dr. Smith was elected to directorship of the Ohio University Nanoscale & Quantum Phenomena Institute (NQPI) in 2005, and re-elected for two additional terms (total of 9 years as Director).  Under his leadership NQPI won, through a tough internal competition, a solid base budget and gained recognition internationally for its nanoscience research.  Dr. Smith also led the effort at Ohio University to establish a helium liquefaction and recovery system which has high efficiency, high capacity, and is currently in full operation, making OHIO's low-temperature physics very cool!

As of October 2020, Dr. Smith has supervised 17 Ph.D. students (13 Ph.Dís granted), 3 postdoctoral associates, and numerous undergraduates.  He has been awarded (as PI) more than $7.7 Million in Federal grant funding and published over 95 peer-reviewed articles in numerous high profile journals on topics including surface structure, magnetic properties, phase transitions, dilute magnetic semiconductors, 2D material room-temperature ferromagnetism, and atomic-scale spin-polarized STM.