B.S. Chemical Engineering, NC State University, 1993 Ph.D. Mathematics, University of Tennessee, 2010
Commutative Algebra and Number Theory
Dr. Smith earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University in 1993. After graduation, he spent 11 years as an engineer in the adhesive, coating and converting industries. During that time, he was involved in the design and manufacture of solvent-borne, emulsion, hot melt and radiation curable adhesives and process development for various coating, printing and finishing technologies including reverse roll and slot die coating and both flexographic and rotogravure printing. In the Spring of 2004, while taking classes part-time at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, he took his first courses in higher Mathematics. In 2005, he left industry and began graduate studies at the University of Tennessee. He was awarded a Ph.D. in the Spring of 2010 under the direction of Dr. David E. Dobbs.