Dr Smith is currently the Programme Leader for the MEng/BEng(Hons) Mechanical Electronic Systems Engineering programme. She is a Chartered Engineer and a member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. She completed a PhD in application of adhesives and composite for the marine industry at Glasgow University. Her career in engineering has been varied and has worked in academia, industry and as an engineering consultant. Through her work as a research fellow, she has published over 30 articles and has presented at both International and UK conferences her research on numerical modelling and testing of composite, adhesives and metallic structures for marine applications under various load regimes.
Her current research interests are in the field of bioengineering and finite element stress analysis.