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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
SportsMakers
Occupation(s):
Electrical Engineer
Competitive Fencer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Brown
Favorite Food:
Lobster, Sea Bass (Chilean)
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Fiji, Kauai, Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
5/17/1956
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
SportsMakers
Occupation(s):
Electrical Engineer
Competitive Fencer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Brown
Favorite Food:
Lobster, Sea Bass (Chilean)
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Fiji, Kauai, Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
5/17/1956
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Professor of electrical and computer engineering and competitive fencer Mark J. T. Smith was born on May 17, 1956 in Jamaica, Queens, New York. After receiving his B.S. degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1978, Smith enrolled at the Georgia Institute of Technology and went on to graduate from there with his M.S. degree in 1979 and his Ph.D. degree in 1984. While at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Smith helped found the coalition Empowering Minority Engineering Scientists to Reach for Graduate Education (EMERGE).

In 1984, Smith joined the faculty at the Georgia Institute of Technology as a professor of electrical and computer engineering. His research focused on communications, digital filters, and the processing of images and signals. In addition to teaching and research, Smith’s trained and competed in the sport of fencing. He was the National Champion of the United States in 1981 and 1983 and a two-time member of the U.S. Olympic Team in 1980 and 1984. Smith was one of the final runners carrying the Olympic Torch to the Opening Ceremonies in the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. In 2003, Smith was promoted to head Purdue’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and was the first African American to hold the position. In 2009, Smith was named the Michael J. & Katherine R. Birck Endowed Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Dean of the Purdue University Graduate School.

At Georgia Institute of Technology, Smith received two teaching awards including the Georgia Tech Outstanding Teacher Award. He also authored over forty journal articles and is the co-author of four textbooks. Smith is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He was also awarded its Processing Society Senior Award in 1992. Smith has also received the IEEE’s Distinguished Lecturer Award and has sat on their Signal Processing Society Board of Governors. In 2005, Smith received the International Society of Optical Engineers’ Wavelet Pioneer Award; and in 2007, he served as president of the National Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association.

Mark J. T. Smith was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 8, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Mark Smith's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Mark Smith lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Mark Smith describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Mark Smith talks about his mother's education in New York City, her love of travel, and her employment as a social worker
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Mark Smith describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Mark Smith talks about his father's experience in World War II
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Mark Smith talks about his father's high school education and his employment in the New York City Transit Authority
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Mark Smith talks about how his parents met, and their fifty years of marriage
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Mark Smith describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Mark Smith talks about growing up in a close-knit household, and staying busy as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Mark Smith describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Mark Smith talks about the neighborhood where he spent his childhood in Queens, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Mark Smith describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in Queens, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Mark Smith talks about spending time at the YMCA as a child, in Queens, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Mark Smith describes his childhood interests and activities, while growing up in New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Mark Smith talks about transferring from PS-123 to PS-90 in Queens, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Mark Smith talks about his early interest in science, and the influence of his cousin, Roy
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Mark Smith talks about his academic performance and mischievousness in elementary school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Mark Smith describes his experience at The Henley School in New York City
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Mark Smith talks about his childhood interest in television and action films
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Mark Smith describes his early resolve to pursue engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Mark Smith describes his experience in high school at The Henley School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Mark Smith talks about his decision to transfer to John Bowne High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Mark Smith describes his interest in swimming and fencing at John Bowne High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Mark Smith describes how fencing as a modern-day sport differs from the traditional fighting duel
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Mark Smith talks about strategies in fencing and the fencing community in New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Mark Smith describes his academic performance and extracurricular activities in high school, and his interest in pursuing a career in engineering
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Mark Smith describes his experience at John Bowne High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Mark Smith describes his first visit to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Mark Smith describes the high quality of his education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Mark Smith talks about being involved with fencing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Mark Smith describes his undergraduate thesis on the building of a stroboscope
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Mark Smith describes his decision to pursue graduate studies in digital signal processing, at the Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Mark Smith describes his experience in competing for a place on the 1980 U.S. Olympic fencing team
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Mark Smith talks about the U.S. boycott of the Moscow Olympics in 1980
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Mark Smith talks about his doctoral research on 'filter banks', in the field of digital signal processing for applications in speech compression
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Mark Smith talks about the advancements in sound technology, in transitioning from analog to digital systems
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Mark Smith describes his Ph.D. dissertation on signal decomposition
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Mark Smith talks about winning the U.S. Fencing National Championships in the early 1980s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Mark Smith describes his experience in the 1984 Olympics, and talks about the expenses involved in maintaining fencing equipment
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Mark Smith talks about his decision to retire from Olympic-level fencing
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Mark Smith talks about his experience as an assistant professor at Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech)
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Mark Smith describes the development and applications of the 'Analysis by Synthesis Overlapping Ad' algorithm
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Mark Smith describes his work in the area of image enhancement
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Mark Smith describes the applications of his work on image morphing
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Mark Smith talks about the EMERGE program at Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Mark Smith describes his involvement with the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Mark Smith talks about his most significant research in the area of digital signal processing
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Mark Smith describes his experience of carrying the Olympic torch at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Mark Smith describes his experience at Georgia Tech's campus in France, and his service as the executive assistant to the university's president
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Mark Smith describes his decision to accept the position as head of the electrical and computer engineering department at Purdue University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Mark Smith describes his early experience as the head of the electrical and computer engineering department at Purdue University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Mark Smith describes his experience as the dean of the graduate school at Purdue University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Mark Smith talks about his continuing involvement with research
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Mark Smith talks about his satisfaction with his current role in University administration
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Mark Smith talks about minority students pursuing the STEM fields at Purdue University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Mark Smith describes the African American and minority community at Purdue University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Mark Smith describes a social science experiment on cultural bias during employee hiring and selection
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Mark Smith reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Mark Smith reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Mark Smith talks about his family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Mark Smith talks about his parents attending his graduation, and watching fencing with him
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Mark Smith talks about how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Mark Smith describes his photographs