About Joseph Smith


  • Brigham Young University, Doctor of Philosophy, 1990

Joseph Smith

Chemical & Biochemical Engrg
210C Bertelsmeyer Hall

573-341-4294 | smithjose@mst.edu


  • Brigham Young University, Doctor of Philosophy, 1990


Dr. Joseph D. Smith Smith currently holds the Laufer Endowed Energy Chair in the Biological and Chemical Engineering department at Missouri University of Science and Technology (MS&T). His research program is focused on developing and evaluating novel Hybrid Energy Systems to improve energy security and enhance rural economic development. Dr. Smith also conducts research on reducing the environmental impact of using unconventional hydrocarbon resources.

Dr. Joseph D. Smith has over 30 years experience in the Chemical Process and Fossil-Fired Power Industries with a specialty in the application of comprehensive CFD analysis of combustion systems aimed at reducing emissions and improving combustion efficiency. Dr. Smith serves as an expert witness in cases involving gas flaring and other combustion technology.

Dr. Smith was trained by Drs. L.D. Smoot and P.J. Smith at Brigham Young University in the Advanced Combustion Engineering Research Center where he received a B.S. Chem Eng (1983), M.S. Chem Eng (1984) and a Ph.D. Chem Eng (1990). During his PhD work, Dr. Smith was selected as an American Western Universities Fellow. Dr. Smith has published over 60 papers, has given more than 100 conference papers, and holds thirteen patents. Dr. Smith contributed to the John Zink Combustion Handbook, the Industrial Burner Handbook and the 9th Edition of Perry's Chemical Engineering Handbook. Dr. Smith recently published a book titled "Computational Fluid Dynamics for the Chemical and Petrochemical Process Industries".

Dr. Smith has served on the faculties of Tennessee Technological University, University of Michigan, University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign, and the University of Tulsa. Prior to joining MS&T, he led the Advanced Process and Decision Systems Department at the Idaho National Laboratory where he focused on developing and evaluating advanced Hybrid Energy Systems to increase energy security for the U.S. Military. Dr. Smith has extensive industrial experience working for the Cabot Corporation where he developed and patented a new nano-particle formation technology to produce high surface area fumed ceria, for the Dow Chemical Company where he developed new technology to support company wide reduction of chlorinated hydrocarbon incineration, and for Koch Industries where he led the CFD group focused on process heater and gas flare simulation. Dr. Smith has served as the local section chair for both the Mid-Michigan and Tulsa sections of AIChE and has served as the national AIChE chair for the Student Chapters Committee. He served on the National Board of Directors for AIChE and has served as the national treasurer and secretary for AIChE.


Research interests

Advanced Hybrid Energy Systems that enhance Energy Security and expand rural economies
Developing novel combustion technology for processing unconventional hybrocarbons including oil shale and tar sands
Biomass gasification, Biopower generation, and Biofuels production