Joseph G. Smith Jr., has a background in organic and polymer synthesis and characterization. He received a B.S. from High Point College in 1985 and a Ph.D. from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1990. Prior to joining NASA in September 1994, he held postdoctoral research positions with the University of Akron and Virginia Commonwealth University. The focus of his work has centered on the development of high performance polymers, coatings, and nanotechnology for aerospace applications. He has more than 50 reviewed journal articles, 2 book chapters, and 25 patents. He has received several NASA awards including 4 Richard T. Whitcomb Aerospace Technology Transfer Awards, 2 Turning Goals Into Reality (TGIR) Awards, co-inventor of the NASA Commercial Invention of the Year Award in 1998 and 2009, and the NASA Exceptional Technology Achievement medal in 2009. He has received R&D 100 awards for PETI-5 in 1997, for development of atomic oxygen resistant polymers in 2000, and for the development of PETI-330 in 2005. His recent research efforts are focused on the developing polymeric coatings for mitigation of insect residue adhesion on an aircraft wing leading edge to maintain laminar flow during the cruise portion of the flight profile and aircraft ice adhesion.