NSWC Liaison – Local Organizing Committee
Sonja Smith is an Operations Research Scientist in the Littoral Acoustics and Target Physics branch of the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City division (NSWC-PCD). Ms. Smith leads international and domestic research initiatives on Sensing and Automation while also conducting biotechnology research. Ms. Smith received her B.S. from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a major in Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution. She received her M.Sc. in Marine Science from Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, FL, studying coastal biogeochemistry with a focus on the carbon cycle in subtropical seagrass beds and adjacent mangrove ecosystems.