Jason Smith is the owner of Survival Innovations, LLC, founded in May 2004, providing product development and support services for life support products.
Jason’s areas of expertise include product design and development, program management, testing and evaluation, manufacturing engineering, and corporate management. In addition to his sixteen years leading Survival Innovations, Jason has worked with Simula, Inc., and Safety Equipment International (SEI).
Jason has served as Program Manager and Designer on flotation collar, troop seat, parachute, and restraint system projects. He has managed production of the CBR vest and pocket assemblies, aircraft seat cushion assemblies, aircrew restraint systems, ejection seat components, and a host of other life-support products. He lead development of the AIRSAVE Interface for the Common Mobile Aircrew Restraint System (CMARS) Program, which became the HBU-27/P Restraint in the Aircrew Endurance Vest. He contributed to design, development, and testing of a patented Head and Neck Restraint System (HNRS) to protect the flyer during high-speed ejections. He managed the development of environmentally sealed parachute technology for ejection seat systems for the U.S. Navy.
He holds a degree in Manufacturing Engineering from Western Carolina University and has extensive professional training in Product Design Engineering, Test Engineering, Project Management, and Government Procurement.
Jason received the 2001 Daniel S. McCauley Professional Achievement Award, presented by the SAFE Association, for outstanding contributions to safety and survivability.
He is named on several patents, including Inflatable Flotation Device, Head and Neck Restraint Garment, and Quick Release Fitting for Emergency Egress