Alice E. Smith
ALICE E. SMITH is the W. Allen and Martha Reed Professor of the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department at Auburn University, where she served as Chair from 1999-2011. Previous to this position, she was on the faculty of the Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, which she joined after industrial experience with Southwestern Bell Corporation. Dr. Smith has degrees in engineering and business from Rice University, Saint Louis University and Missouri University of Science and Technology.
During her tenure as Chair, the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department at Auburn University witnessed unprecedented growth in student enrollments (+200%), research funding (+500%) and private donations (+400%). Facilities expanded significantly and the department became a leader of three federally funded research centers. Interdisciplinary educational programs were developed and diversity of student body and faculty flourished. Ranking (U.S. News) significantly surpassed all other Auburn University engineering departments.
For accomplishments in research, education and service she was named the H. Allen and Martha Reed Endowed Professor in 2012. Dr. Smith was awarded the IIE Albert G. Holzman Distinguished Educator Award in 2012 and the INFORMS WORMS Award for the Advancement of Women in OR/MS in 2009. Dr. Smith was named the Philpott? WestPoint Stevens Distinguished Professor in 2001, received the Senior Research Award of the College of Engineering at Auburn University in 2001 and the University of Pittsburgh School of Engineering Board of Visitors Faculty Award for Research and Scholarly Activity in 1996. She has served as Chair of the Council of Industrial Engineering Academic Department Heads (CIEADH) and as President of the INFORMS Association of Chairs of Operations Research Departments (ACORD).
Dr. Smith has been a principal investigator on over $5 million of sponsored research. Her research in analysis, modeling and optimization of complex systems has been funded by NASA, U.S. Department of Defense, NIST, U.S. Department of Transportation, Lockheed Martin, Adtranz (now Bombardier Transportation), the Ben Franklin Technology Center of Western Pennsylvania and U.S. National Science Foundation, from which she has been awarded 16 grants including a CAREER grant in 1995 and an ADVANCE Leadership grant in 2001. Her industrial partners on sponsored research projects have included DaimlerChrysler Electronics, Eljer Plumbingware, Extrude Hone, Ford Motor and Crucible Compaction Metals. International research collaborations have been sponsored by the federal governments of Japan, Turkey, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Egypt, South Korea, Iraq, China, Algeria and the U.S., and by the Institute of International Education. In 2011 she was named a Fulbright Specialist and in 2013 will be a Fulbright Senior Scholar at Bilkent University in Turkey.
Dr. Smith holds one U.S. patent and several international patents and has authored more than 200 publications which have garnered over 1,500 citations (ISI Web of Science). She won the E. L. Grant Best Paper Awards in 1999 and in 2006, and the William A. J. Golomski Best Paper Award in 2002. Several of her papers are among the most highly cited in their respective journals including the second most cited paper of IEEE Transactions on Reliability. Dr. Smith currently holds editorial positions on INFORMS Journal on Computing, Computers & Operations Research, International Journal of General Systems and IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation.
Five of her doctoral students are in tenured positions at U.S. universities and two of these are NSF CAREER awardees. A further three doctoral students are tenured or tenure track faculty at foreign institutions. Dr. Smith is a fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and of the Society of Women Engineers, a member of Tau Beta Pi, the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science and the American Society for Engineering Education, and a Registered Professional Engineer in Alabama and Pennsylvania.
Dr. Alice E. Smith