Roy S. Smith
University of California, Santa Barbara
UCSB College of Engineering's Initiative for Engineering Partnerships with Emerging Regions
Roy Smith is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His academic research is broadly based on automation and control systems addressing both theory and practical design. He has applied his work to a variety of experimental testbeds including industrial process control, automotive and marine engine systems, flexible space structures, aeromaneuvering Mars entry vehicles, formation flying of spacecraft, magnetically levitated bearings, and semiconductor fabrication facilities. He has also been a long-time consultant to the Jet Propulsion laboratory on guidance, navigation and control aspects of interplanetary and deep space science spacecraft.
Dr. Smith also directs the UCSB College of Engineering's Initiative for Engineering Partnerships with Emerging Regions which is developing seminar courses and projects aimed at giving students a perspective on engineering design in the developing world. He is also the faculty advisor the UCSB Chapter of Engineers without Borders and acts as a mentor for their Kenya project. The Kenya project team is designing a solar photovoltaic power system and a rainwater collection system for a rural health clinic on the shores of Lake Victoria.