David Smith, an AMS Member, a Fellow of the AMS, and Commissioner (2012-2015) of the AMS Commission on Education and Human Resources, is Associate Professor and Oceanography Department Chair at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Dr. Smith is Co-Director of the AMS Maury Project, a pre-college teacher enhancement program on the fundamentals of oceanography. He has a Ph.D degree from Texas A&M University. In 2009 he received the USNA Class of 1951 Civilian Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, given in honor of Professor Theodore J. Benac.