Michael D. Smith, D.Eng. is the Deputy Executive Director, Internal Operations of The National GEM Consortium. Michael, known by many as “Dr. Mike”, will be responsible for coordinating the day-to-day operational, administrative, financial and board support services of the organization in our Corporate Headquarters office in Alexandria, VA. As Deputy Executive Director, Internal Operations, Michael will report to the Executive Director.
Dr. Mike brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to his new role. Michael comes to GEM from the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), where he served in the positions of Director of Programs and former Interim Deputy Executive Director. While at NSBE, he managed a budget in excess of $1.4 million for the strategic development, coordination, implementation, and evaluation of all academic, technical, leadership, international and pre-college programs. He also served as liaison to organization’s convention planning committee for several years, supporting the programmatic (and in part, operational) development of conference and convention agendas and logistics. Dr. Mike also has past technical experience with organizations such as Phillips 66 Natural Gas Company and E. I. DuPont Specialty Chemicals.
Michael holds a B.S. and M.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla (now Missouri University of Science & Technology) and an engineering doctorate in chemical engineering and engineering management from Texas A&M University.