Dr. Smith is born in Lumberton, North Carolina to Allie McCoy Smith and Emma Hattie Smith.
Dr. Smith receives a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering with honors from North Carolina State University.
Dr. Smith begins his career as an associate engineer at the Glenn L. Martin Company in Baltimore, Maryland.
Dr. Smith marries Sarah Louise Whitlock and becomes a development engineer at the Western Electric Company.
Dr. Smith becomes an instructor at North Carolina State University, eventually becoming an assistant professor.
Dr. Smith joins the technical staff at the Bell Telephone Laboratories (now Bell Labs) in Burlington, North Carolina.
Dr. Smith receives a Master of Science in aerospace engineering from North Carolina State University.
Dr. Smith becomes a research project engineer at RTI International in Durham, North Carolina.
Dr. Smith receives a Doctor of Philosophy in aerospace engineering from North Carolina State University and becomes a research supervisor at Sverdrup/ARO, Inc. at Arnold Air Force Base in Tennessee.
Dr. Smith becomes an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee Space Institute in Tullahoma, Tennessee.
Dr. Smith authors “Fundamentals of Silicon Integrated Device Technology, Volume I: Oxidation, Diffusion and Epitaxy.”
Dr. Smith serves as the associate editor of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Journal.
Dr. Smith receives the Thermophysics Award from the AIAA.
Dr. Smith is appointed dean of the School of Engineering at the University of Mississippi, where he also serves as a professor of mechanical engineering.
Dr. Smith receives the Hermann Oberth Award and a Space Shuttle Flag Challenger Plaque from the AIAA.
Dr. Smith serves as general chairman of engineering at the Deans Institute of the American Society for Engineering Education.
Dr. Smith serves as supernumerary director of the Alabama-Mississippi section of the AIAA.
Dr. Smith becomes Emeritus Dean of Engineering at the University of Mississippi.
Dr. Smith is honored with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and is named a Distinguished Humanitarian by Marquis Who’s Who.
Dr. Smith is inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at North Carolina State University.