The Assistant Dean for Programs and Engagement works at a strategic level with the dean and other leaders to improve the effectiveness of the College of Engineering and Applied Science, with a focus on the development and leadership of students and faculty programs to support college growth and excellence; the engagement of alumni and industry partners; and development and implementation of college marketing and communications.
In his role as co-director of the Engineering Leadership Program he identifies and matches mentors for the Engineering Leadership students and manages their mentoring relationships. He assists the program by engaging alumni in various elements of the program, and he arranges special speakers for the Engineering Leadership students. These speakers are on campus at least twice per semester and in addition to presenting challenging topics on leadership they usually meet with a few students over dinner.
Dean Smith served in executive roles within the engineering and construction industry since 1989, including as executive vice president and president of engineering and architecture services at Tetra Tech, Inc., and President of the Europe, Africa, Middle East, East Asia, Australia and New Zealand water business for Black & Veatch. He returned to the College of Engineering and Applied Science in fall 2013. In addition to his engineering degrees his educational background includes Law School at the University of Denver, and the Senior Executive Program at the London Business School.