George L. Smith is a life member of IIE and a long-time member of SEMS, having served as its president from 1996-1999. He earned a B.S. in industrial engineering from Pennsylvania State University; M.S. degrees in experimental psychology and in industrial engineering from Lehigh University; and a Ph.D. in industrial engineering and management from Oklahoma State University, specializing in human factors engineering. Smith has been named a fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, and the World Academy of Productivity Science. He has been an active member of the Labor Arbitration Panel for the U.S. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service since 1980.
Smith retired from The Ohio State University in 1995 as professor emeritus and former chair of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. He also served concurrently as associate dean, academic affairs for the College of Engineering from 1991 to 1993.
Smith has served IIE as president of SEMS and president of the Council of Industrial Engineering Academic Department Heads (CIEADH). He also served as program coordinator for the Global Track for the IIE Annual Conference for a five-year period.
Active in the international productivity movement for more than 20 years, Smith is a member of the leadership team of the World Confederation of Productivity Science (WCPS). He has served as president of the World Academy of Productivity Science and president of the World Network of Productivity Organizations. He currently serves as a vice president of WCPS and has been the single point of contact between WCPS and the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) since 2006. He was an invited participant to the tri-annual UNGC Leadership Summit in Geneva in July 2007 and in New York in July 2010.
This spring, Smith was recognized by the Ohio State Chapter of IIE with the following recognition:
“Gifted and award-winning teacher, philanthropist, promoter of peace, global citizen, mentor, and colleague, Prof. George Smith has been an ambassador for OSU and the ISE Department for many years, in part through his IIE-related service and activities. This service has included: Faculty Advisor to the OSU student chapter of IIE for the 12 years that he was ISE Department Chair, continuous active membership in local IIE Chapter #1, and Treasurer and Board of Trustees Member of IIE, the parent organization. George Smith is a Life Member of IIE. In 1985, he was designated a Fellow of IIE and in 2008 he received the Fred C. Crane Service Award for Distinguished Service, which is described as recognizing 'an individual's contributions to IIE that have been rendered through long and arduous service at the Institute level.' Today, we join others in formally recognizing Smith's contributions to IIE, students past and present, and the Industrial Engineering profession by awarding him the James W. Barany Award.”