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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University March 12, 2007 | Vol. 36 No. 25
Dexter Smith of APL to chair EPP Electrical, Computer Engineering

Dexter Smith

By Diana Schulin
Whiting School of Engineering

Dexter G. Smith, a member of the principal professional staff at the Applied Physics Laboratory and the laboratory's biomedicine business area executive, has been appointed program chair for Electrical and Computer Engineering in the university's Engineering Programs for Professionals.

In making the appointment, Nicholas Jones, dean of the Whiting School of Engineering, said Smith "has been an active member of the Electrical and Computer Engineering faculty for many years, teaching and developing new courses as well as serving as the program's vice-chair for the past seven years. He has a sound vision for moving the program forward, and I believe he is ideally suited to carry on the tradition of excellence of this curriculum."

Smith holds bachelor's and master's degrees in biomedical engineering, and a second master's degree and a doctorate in electrical engineering, all from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Prior to joining APL in 1995, he worked at Gould Electronics, Allied Signal and Noise Cancellation Technologies.

In his role at APL, Smith is responsible for the business and personnel development of the newly formed Biomedicine Branch. His duties include military projects that help ensure the survivability, sustainment and performance of soldiers. Examples include the development and testing of improved body armor, better first aid kits for use in remote areas and enhanced prosthetic limbs.

Smith created the organizational structure to bring in and execute the largest Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency program ever awarded to APL: Revolutionizing Prosthetics 2009. He is actively involved in other medical projects, including prostate cancer detection technology with the School of Medicine's Department of Urology and a battlefield ventilator for the U.S. Army.

Smith said, "The Electrical and Computer Engineering Program has a long history of providing students with a challenging program that prepares them for their chosen career. I am honored to carry on the tradition of service to our students and their employers. Above all, we strive to prepare our students for the technological shifts that will inevitably occur throughout their careers."

Smith holds numerous U.S. patents. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a full member of the scientific research society Sigma XI and a licensed professional engineer in Maryland.


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