Department of Engineering

James Smith

Part-Time Associate Professor of Engineering

Office Location

206 John Mitchell Center



Academic Degrees

  • B.S. Electrical Engineering, Penn State 1961
  • M.S. Engineering Mechanics, Penn State 1963
  • Ph.D. Solid State Science, Penn State 1967


Professor Smith received his Ph. D. in Solid State Science from Pennsylvania State University in 1967. From 1967 to 1975 he worked at the Sullivan Park Research Laboratory of Corning Glass Works where his research involved dielectric properties of glass ceramics and thin oxide films. From 1976 to 1978 he worked on PTC thermistors as a senior research engineer for the GTE Sylvania Lighting Laboratories in Danvers, Mass. In 1978 he moved to the GTE Control Devices Operation in Standish, Me. as Assistant Chief Engineer and Section Head in charge of new product development. He joined USM in 1986.

His primary scholarly interests are in the failure of passive electronic components, particularly those based on electroceramics and in methods for predicting failure. He is also interested in developing new applications for electroceramics based on perovskite compounds. His other scholarly interests are in the area of general education. He is particularly concerned with reconciling the tensions between classical liberal learning and professional education.

Recent Publications

Smith, James W. “Using Contemporary Technical Literature to Teach Mechanical Engineering”, presented at 2011 NE ASEE 2009 Conference.

Smith, James W. “Sustainability in the Capstone Project” submitted for presentation at the 2012 ASEE Annual Conference.