Dr Ansie Smit is a senior lecturer within the Department of Geology and Department of Statistics, as well as a research scientist in the UP Natural Hazard Centre at the University of Pretoria.
Dr Smit has her PhD in Mathematical Statistics and has research interests that cover both theoretical and applied statistics and geosciences. It includes the development and application of methodologies to counter the effect of missing data in the statistical procedures, numerical and computing techniques for datasets that are incomplete and contains high levels of uncertainty, data analysis, other applied statistical methods necessary for hazard and risk assessment (including geostatistics and extreme value theory), and the derivation of the upper limit or general worst-case scenarios.
Her participation in the UP Natural Hazard Centre resulted in numerous projects for the insurance, mining, construction, and nuclear industries. The projects covered seismic hazard and risk analyses for critical infrastructures such as bridges, ports, tailing dams, and nuclear power plants, as well as tsunami and hail hazard and risk analyses.