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Dexter G. Smith Appointed Associate Dean to Oversee Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals

October 12, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MEDIA CONTACT: Stephen Sattler (410) 516-2267, sattler@jhu.edu or
Phil Sneiderman (443) 287-9960, prs@jhu.edu

Dexter G. Smith has been appointed as The Johns Hopkins University’s associate dean for Engineering for Professionals. The program, which offers part-time education for working engineers and scientists, is part of the university’s Whiting School of Engineering. The appointment was effective Oct. 1.

Dexter Smith

Dexter Smith

Smith, who has been affiliated with Johns Hopkins since 1995, previously served as a member of the principal professional staff of the university’s Applied Physics Laboratory and as the EP program’s chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering. In announcing the appointment, Nick Jones, the Benjamin T. Rome Dean of the Whiting School, said Smith brings to EP a combination of skills and experiences that makes him uniquely qualified for his new leadership role.

EP offers master’s degrees in 15 disciplines. Currently, more than 3,000 students are enrolled in EP courses at eight education centers throughout the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. region, through partnership with industry at locations nationwide, and online.

In directing this program, Smith succeeded Allan Bjerkaas, who in 2001 became the associate dean for what was then called the university’s Part-time Programs in Engineering and Applied Science. Bjerkaas recently announced his retirement.

“Thanks to Allan, EP is thriving and is now positioned to achieve tremendous growth in areas that include corporate partnerships and partnerships with APL, distance learning, opportunities presented by the BRAC initiative, and new academic programs,” Jones said. “This is a terrifically exciting time for EP, and I know that Dexter will provide the leadership necessary to bring these possibilities to fruition and to build upon them.”

At APL, Smith was a member of the executive management team andwas the biomedicine business area executive. He played a key role in organizing, staffing and writing the largest Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency contract ever awarded to the laboratory, a project called Revolutionizing Prosthetics 2009. Previously, he served as the branch supervisor for APL’s Homeland Protection, specializing in unique facilities characterization and chemo/bio sensor development.

Prior to joining APL, Smith worked at Gould Electronics, Allied Signal and Noise Cancellation Technologies. He 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. He also holds numerous U.S. patents and 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. He is a certified flight instructor and an instrument-rated commercial pilot.

Color digital photo of Dexter Smith available; contact Stephen Sattler or Phil Sneiderman.

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September 15, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MEDIA CONTACT: Stephen Sattler

(410) 516-2267, sattler@jhu.edu or

Phil Sneiderman
(443) 287-9960, prs@jhu.edu

September 15, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MEDIA CONTACT: Stephen Sattler

(410) 516-2267, sattler@jhu.edu or

Phil Sneiderman
(443) 287-9960, prs@jhu.edu


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