Charles Sinclair (Charlie) Smith graduated from Princeton in mathematical statistics in 1969, and served in the U. S. Navy as a submarine supply officer. He went on to work as an analyst in the Systems Analysis group in the Office of the Secretary of Defence. In the energy crisis of 1976-77 he established the Office of Energy Information Validation (now called The Energy Information Administration) for the newly formed Department of Energy. Over the next several years, the office played a significant role in improving the quality of energy data and analysis, and getting the facts broadly accepted. This helped move the energy debate from what are the facts to what to do about the facts.
After leaving government service in 1980, Charlie served as Executive Director of the System Development Foundation, establishing their operations. He went on to work as VP R&D (CAS) of Schlumberger and as a principal in three start-ups - Aware, Inc., listed on the NASDAQ; Filoli Information Systems, sold to Xerox Insurance; and Tachyon Semiconductor (now Tezzaron Semiconductor), which is still in a development stage. He also maintained a lively consulting practice dealing in both data analysis and in strategy.
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