Mark J.T. Smith



S. B. (1978) electrical engineering and computer science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology; M.S. (1984) electrical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology

Ph.D. (1979) electrical engineering from Georgia Tech

: professor of electrical and computer engineering and former executive assistant to the president at the Georgia Institute of Technology

Mark J.T. Smith, a professor of electrical and computer engineering and former executive assistant to the president at the Georgia Institute of Technology. At Georgia Tech, Smith led the formation of a university coalition called EMERGE, or Empowering Minority Engineers ­ Scientists to Reach for Graduate Education. The program uses technology and outreach to encourage minority students to pursue graduate degrees in engineering and science. Smith has been active as a journal associate editor, conference and workshop organizer, and technical committee chair in the IEEE Signal Processing Society. Smith also has been co-author of four textbooks and has received two teaching awards from Georgia Tech.

He also is a former Olympic athlete. He was a two-time national fencing champion, in 1981 and 1983, and he was a member of the U.S. Olympic Team in 1980 and 1984. He was one of the final runners carrying the Olympic torch to the opening ceremonies of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta.

As of 2003, Dr. Smith will head of Purdue's School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, effective Jan. 1. 2003. He is the first African-American to head an engineering school at Purdue, which is the birthplace of the National Society of Black Engineers and is home to strong minority engineering and women in engineering programs.

Selected Awards

  1. Chairman, Digital Signal Processing Technical Committee of the IEEE Signal Processing Society.
  2. Member, NSF Advisory Board for Microelectronic Information Processing Systems, 1991-1993.
  3. Member of the IEEE Signal Processing Society Board of Governors, 1995-1997.
  4. IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, Signal Processing Society, 1997 - 1998.
  5. Georgia Tech Outstanding Teacher Award, 1988.
  6. IEEE 1989 Signal Processing Society Best Paper Award.
  7. 1992 IEEE Signal Processing Society Senior Award.
  8. Fellow of the IEEE.
  9. Two-time U.S. National Champion in Fencing, 1981, 1983 and member of the 1980 and 1984 U.S. Olympic Teams.


.Dr. Smith is a leading researcher in the electrical engineering field of signal processing, and his teaching record is outstanding. Smith has written 41 peer-reviewed journal papers and 134 conference publications, and he has won four "best paper" awards from the Signal Processing Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Two of his students have received Sigma Xi Research Awards for their theses. He has been an IEEE Signal Processing Society Distinguished Lecturer and is a Fellow of the IEEE.

. Selected Publications

  1. M. Smith and T. Barnwell, "The Design of Digital Filters for Exact Reconstruction in Subband Coding,"Trans. on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Proc., Vol. ASSP-34, No. 3, pp. 434-441, June 1986.
  2. R. Bamberger and M. Smith, "Filter Banks for the Directional Decomposition of Images: Theory and Design," IEEE Transactions on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing". 40, No. 4, pp. 882-892, April 1992.
  3. F. Kossentini, W. Chung, and M. Smith, "A Jointly Optimized Subband Coder," Trans. on Image Processing, August 1996, pp. 1311-1323.
  4. M. J. T. Smith and R. M. Mersereau, Introduction to Digital Signal Processing: A Computer Laboratory Textbook, John Wiley and Sons, released November 1991.
  5. R. M. Mersereau and M. J. T. Smith, Digital Filtering: A Computer Laboratory Textbook, released, Summer 1993, John Wiley and Sons.
  6. Akansu and M. Smith (editors), "Subband and Wavelet Transforms: Design and Applications," Kluwer Academic Publishers, May 1995.



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