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Smith, James E.

Professor - Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Ph.D., West Virginia University, 1984 
M.S. Aerospace Engineering, West Virginia University, 1974 
B.S. Aerospace Engineering, West Virginia University, 1972

Dr. Smith is currently the Director of the Center for Industrial Research Applications (CIRA) at West Virginia University where he is a Professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department.

He has taught at the University since 1976, before which he was a Research Engineer for the Department Of Energy (DOE). During his 40+ year scientific career, he has been the principal and/or co-principal investigator for many millions of dollars of research (exceeding $20 million) for various projects funded by federal agencies (TACOM, DOD, HEW, DOT, US Navy, DARPA, and DOE), international corporations, and numerous US corporations. Dr. Smith has been involved in transferring technology from academia into the commercial sector. To date, he has helped form eleven companies that now market commercial applications of technology developed at and/or through West Virginia University. The work in these projects has resulted in the publication of over 275 conference and journal or bound transaction papers, in addition to many project final reports and unrefereed publications. This work has resulted in the granting of 38 US patents and numerous foreign patents on medical, mechanical and energy related devices.

Curriculum Vitae
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Research Interests

Machine Design 
Machine Vision Technology 
Antenna Design

Teaching Interests

Machine Design 
Design Engineering

Professional Societies

Tesla Memorial Society 
Associate Editor, International Journal of Computers and their Applications, IJCA/ISCA 
Editorial Board, Journal of Engines, SAE