New chair named for electrical and computer engineering department
Gary R. Smith, dean of the NDSU College of Engineering, announced Scott C. Smith as the new chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Scott, who was associate professor of electrical engineering and adjunct associate professor of computer science and computer engineering at the University of Arkansas, joined NDSU July 31.
“I am pleased to have Dr. Smith serving in a leadership role in our college,” said Gary R. Smith. “His background and experience will be a valuable asset for the electrical and computer engineering department and its students.”
Scott C. Smith most recently has been a faculty member at the University of Arkansas since August 2007. He served as interim associate department head for the Department of Electrical Engineering from September 2009 to August 2011. During his time at the University of Arkansas, he was recognized with the 2012 Outstanding Mentor Award. He also received the William D. and Margaret A. Brown Outstanding Electrical Engineering Faculty Award in 2010.
“I look forward to working with the department faculty and staff to help shape the department’s future and grow our externally funded research, while continuing to provide students with an excellent education,” Scott said.
He earned bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering and computer engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1996. He also earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1998 and a doctorate in computer engineering from the University of Central Florida in 2001. His areas of expertise include asynchronous logic design, computer architecture, embedded systems, digital logic, computer arithmetic and wireless sensor networks.
Scott C. Smith is a member of and has held several positions with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He has published one book and 80 refereed publications and holds or co-holds seven patents. He has received more than $3.2 million in grants.
NDSU is recognized as one of the nation's top 108 public and private universities by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.