Professor Emeritus in Forestry and Environmental Management
185th Encaenia: May 29, 2014
During his academic career, Ian Smith was known throughout the Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management as a valued scholar and mentor to students and faculty alike.
He began his career at UNB in 1986 as an assistant professor of structural engineering. In 1988, he was the director of the Wood Science and Technology Centre. From 2004 to 2012, he held the distinction of University Research Scholar; and in 2004/2005, was acting dean of the Faculty Forestry and Environmental Management
Dr. Smith has supervised 10 post-doctoral fellows, 11 UNB PhD students, six non-UNB PhD students, and 13 Master’s students. Dr. Smith is one of the most prolific publishers of research papers and reports in the faculty. Over the course of his career, he has published two books and more than 250 research articles on topics related to timber engineering -- the vast majority of which were co-authored with his students.
Recognized as the leading expert worldwide on timber connections, his research results have been included in timber design codes in Canada, U.S., Europe, and the U.K. His publicly funded individual research grants and contracts at UNB have totalled $2.2 million to date.
In addition to his academic work, Dr. Smith is a fellow of six national and international professional bodies, including the Institution of Civil Engineers in the United Kingdom, the American Society of Civil Engineers and the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering, just to name a few.
In 2003, he was awarded the prestigious J. James R. Croes Medal by the American Society of Civil Engineers. This award is among the world's most prestigious honours bestowed on civil engineers, and is given in recognition of an outstanding paper published in any of the society's 30 journals.