Mark J.T. Smith
MARK J. T. SMITH received the B.S. degree from MIT and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology, all in electrical engineering. He joined the electrical and computer engineering (ECE) faculty at Georgia Tech in 1985, where he remained for the next 18 years. While working primarily on the Atlanta campus, he spent several terms in 1991-93 on the Institute’s European campus in Metz, France. Five years later he served a four-year term as Executive Assistant to the President of Georgia Tech. In January, 2003, he joined the faculty at Purdue University as head of the ECE School and was actively engaged with the national ECE Department Heads Association, where he served as secretary/treasurer, vice president and president from 2005-2008.
In 2009, Smith was appointed Dean of the Purdue University Graduate School. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Council of Graduate Schools and served as Chair in 2016. He has also served as a member of the GRE Board for the last three years and is currently the Board Chair. In August 2017, Smith joined the University of Texas at Austin as Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Graduate School.
Dean Smith’s scholarly interests are in the area of speech, image, and video signal processing. Over the years, he has supervised and graduated 32 PhD students. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and former IEEE Distinguished Lecturer. He has six patents and has authored or co-authored more than 260 publications, including six international standards publications. Smith is the co-author of two introductory books, Introduction to Digital Signal Processing and Digital Filtering; co-author of the graduate-level textbook, A Study Guide for Digital Image Processing; co-editor of the book, Wavelets and Subband Transforms; and editor of the book, GPS for Graduate School—Students Share Their Stories.
In addition to professional service, teaching, and research, Dr. Smith's past includes athletic training and competition in the sport of fencing. He was national champion of the United States in 1981 and 1983 and is a two-time member of the U.S. Olympic team (1980 and 1984).