​B.S. Industrial Engineering, University of Tennessee - Knoxville, 1971​​M.S. Industrial Engineering, University of Tennessee - Knoxville, 1974​Ph.D. Industrial Engineering, University of Missouri - Columbia, 1977

"Systems engineers must be great at listening, observing, and communicating as well as solid technically to understand both problems and opportunities in today's complex society. We need to appreciate the diversity of values and expectations as we seek to discover creative approaches that involve people, technology, resources, institutions, and policies in ways that improve our individual and collective wellbeing and the environment in which we live."

Michael Smith earned his B.S. and M.S. in Industrial Engineering at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He served as Executive Director of the Accelerated Master's Program in Systems Engineering (AMP) from 2004-2017 and continues to serve both AMP and the ESE Department on a part-time basis.  His experience involves teaching, research, and application of a broad spectrum of management science and operations management techniques with emphasis on systems analysis, design, and evaluation problems in public and private sector settings. He served on the Industrial Engineering faculties at Oregon State University and the University of Missouri-Columbia before joining Science Applications International Corporation (now Leidos) where he was a Senior Scientist from 1983-2004. His technical expertise spans applied quantitative methods, strategic planning, technology evaluation, and organizational assessment. He has worked across a variety of application domains including manufacturing, transportation, defense, and health care.  Dr. Smith continues to be active professionally as an independent consultant and as an "on-call" professional for Leidos where he engages in multiple programs in support of the Federal Highway Administration's Office of Operations.

Research Interests

  • Optimization Models and Methods
  • Risk Management
  • Systems Integration
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems

Courses Taught

  • SYS2001 - Systems Engineering Concepts 2004-2015
  • SYS4053/SYS4054 - Systems Engineering Capstone 2004-2017
  • SYS6002 - Systems Integration 2005-2017