Clarence Smith Jr.

Senior Lecturer Emeritus

Clarence Smith began his career as a staff industrial engineer with the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. He returned to NC State in 1978, as the inaugural ISE extension specialist. He joined the ISE department full time in 1984 as the first-ever assistant department head. He held that position until his retirement in 2010. During his tenure, he advised for over 4,000 graduates or approximately 80% of all BSIE graduates from the program since its start in 1931.



MSIEMaster of Science in Industrial EngineeringNC State University1983
BSIEBachelor of Science in Industrial EngineeringNC State University1969


Honors and Awards

  • 2005 | C.A. Anderson Outstanding Faculty Award, ISE Department at NC State University
  • 2005 | Outstanding Extension Award, NC State University
  • 1985 | Alumni Association Distinguished Undergraduate Professorship, NC State University
  • 1984 | Outstanding Faculty Advising Award, NC State University
  • 1980 | Fellow, Institute of Industrial Engineers
  • Phil Carroll Award for Outstanding Achievement in Work Measurement, Institute of Industrial Engineers


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