James E. Smith received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Aerospace Engineering and Doctor of Philosophy degree in Mechanical Engineering from West Virginia University (WVU), Morgantown, West Virginia, USA in 1972, 1974, and 1984, respectively. He is currently the Director of the Center for Industrial Research Applications (CIRA) at West Virginia University, where he is also a Professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) Department. He has taught at the University since 1976, before which he was a Research Engineer for the Department of Energy (DOE). He was the 2009 SAE International President and Chairman of the Board of Directors which afforded the opportunity to travel to the mobility centers of the world.
During his 40-plus-year engineering career, he has been the principal and/or co-principal investigator for various projects funded by federal agencies (Tank-Automotive Armaments Command (TACOM), Department of Defense (DOD), HEW, Department of Transportation (DOT), US Navy, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and Department of Energy (DOE)), international corporations, and numerous US corporations. The work in these projects has resulted in the publication of 172 conference papers and 63 journal or bound transaction papers. This work has resulted in the granting of 32 United States Patents and numerous foreign patents on mechanical, medical, and energy-related devices.
Dr. Smith is a member of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), SAE International (FSAE), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (FASME), International Society for Computers and Applications (ISCA), American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE), and International Society for Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE).