Michael Smith

Dr. Michael Smith (known to many as Dr. Mike) is the Deputy Executive Director, Internal Operations at the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science (GEM). The National GEM Consortium works to increase the participation of underrepresented groups (African Americans, American Indians, and Hispanic Americans) at the master's and doctoral levels in engineering and science.

Previously, Dr. Mike was the director of the World Headquarters Programs Team at the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and has held a number of positions within the NSBE membership, including the position of national treasurer (1995–1997) and the Chairman of the 1999 National Convention Planning Committee.

Prior to NSBE, Dr. Mike worked as a program coordinator and instructor at the University of Missouri-Rolla and Texas A&M University. He built his technical expertise at such well-known companies as DuPont, Phillips Petroleum, and Amoco. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in chemical engineering from University of Missouri-Rolla (now Missouri University of Science & Technology) and an engineering doctorate in chemical engineering and engineering management from Texas A&M University.