Title: Senior Associate Dean, Educator, Mechanical Engineer
Company: University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Ronald E. Smelser, Ph.D., PE, Senior Associate Dean and Professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in engineering education.
A certified professional engineer in the states of Ohio, Idaho, and North Carolina, Dr. Smelser has excelled in education and engineering for more than 40 years. Presently, he serves the University of North Carolina at Charlotte as a senior associate dean and professor, roles he commenced in 2012 and 2003, respectively. He also served the institution as an associate dean from 2003 to 2012. A fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Dr. Smelser is the co-author of “Continuum Mechanics for Engineers,” as well as a contributor to articles and professional publications. In addition, he is an ordained elder and deacon of the Presbyterian Church USA.
Prior to his current roles, Dr. Smelser gained teaching experience as a professor at the University of Idaho from 1994 to 2003 and as an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh from 1978 to 1981. Between 1981 and 1994, he had also been a research scientist at the U.S. Steel Research Laboratory, a scientific associate at the Alcoa Corporation’s Technology Center, and a principal technology staff member at Concurrent Technologies Corporation. At the start of his career, Dr. Smelser earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 1971, a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1972, and a Doctor of Philosophy from Carnegie Mellon University in 1978. To attest to his legacy, he can also be found in editions of Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the South and Southwest.
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