Instrumentation Staff
Engineer II

Years of Experience: 37

Education & Licenses:

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Engineering, 2010, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
  • Master of Science, Engineering, 2006, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
  • Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering, 1984, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  • Certified Functional Safety Professional, 2016
  • ISA84 SIS Expert – Safety Instrumented Systems Expert, 2016
  • PHA Leader Training – PrimaTech, 2016

Areas of Specialization:

  • Functional Safety Life Cycle support and management, Safety Integrity Level selection and verification in accordance with ANSI/ISA84.00.01-2004 (IEC 61511 mod).
  • Specification, design evaluation, commissioning, and maintenance management of motors and electric power generators, lead-acid storage batteries and other battery technologies, electromechanical controllers, switchgear, and electric power distribution systems. Also, digital and analog technology for measuring and controlling pressures, temperatures, flows, liquid levels, valve positions, power, speed, frequency, voltage, and electric current in shipboard propulsion plant systems.
  • Design, construction, and maintenance of plethysmography and sleep monitoring equipment, implementation of data acquisition, management, and assessment for neuroscience laboratory applications.
  • Application programming using MATLAB, C++, C#, and
  • Design and development of advanced techniques for modelling, identification, control, and optimization of linear and non-linear dynamical systems including neural networks, genetic algorithms, and complexity measures.


Dr. Smith is a Certified Functional Safety Professional (CFSP) and has achieved certificates administered by the International Society of Automation required for designation as an ISA84 SIS Expert.  Dr. Smith is actively involved in the development of methods for applying safety instrumented systems to implement overpressure protection of pressure vessels in accordance with UG 140, and is a member of the API committee reviewing standards for overfill protection of storage tanks in petroleum facilities (API 2350), which includes automated overfill protection systems.  Additionally, Dr. Smith is actively involved in the maintenance of E2G instrumentation practices, development of materials, and lectures for the E2G process instrumentation and control course and represents E2G on the API subcommittee on instrumentation and controls.