Karl A. Smith

Karl A. Smith

Karl A. Smith

Professor Emeritus, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering



  • B.S., 1969, Metallurgical Engineering, Michigan Technological University
  • M.S., 1972, Metallurgical Engineering, Michigan Technological University
  • Ph.D., 1980, Educational Psychology, University of Minnesota

Professional Background

  • Cooperative Learning Professor, School of Engineering Education, Purdue University, 2006-
  • Visiting professor, Department of Engineering Education, Purdue University, 2004-2005
  • Senior Consultant to the Provost for Faculty Development, Michigan State University, 1998-2004
  • Project management courses, Technological Leadership Institute, 1993-2019
Research Interests

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Research and development interests include building research and innovation capabilities in engineering education; faculty and graduate student professional development; the role of cooperation in learning and design; problem formulation, modeling, and knowledge engineering; and project and knowledge management.

Honors and Awards

  • Academy for Engineering Education Leadership, Michigan Technological University, 2018
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, American Society for Engineering Education, 2015
  • Honorary Doctorate, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 2013
  • Distinguished Service Award, Educational Research and Methods Division, American Society for Engineering Education, 2002
  • Chester F. Carlson Award for Innovation in Engineering Education, American Society for Engineering Education, 2001
  • Morse-Alumni Distinguished University Teaching Professor, University of Minnesota, 1999
  • Fellow, American Society for Engineering Education, 1998
  • Ronald J. Schmitz Award for outstanding continued service to engineering education through contributions to the Frontiers in Education Conference, ERM Division of ASEE and Education Society of IEEE, 1991


Smith, K.A. (2014). Teamwork and project management. 4th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Selected Publications

Streveler, R.A. & Smith, K.A. (2020). Opinion: Course Design in the Time of Coronavirus: Put on your Designer’s CAP. Advances in Engineering Education, Covid-19 Issue. [https://advances.asee.org/opinion-course-design-in-the-time-of-coronavirus-put-on-your-designers-cap/]

Pitterson, N., Allendoerfer, C., Streveler, R., Ortega-Alvarez, J., & Smith, K. (2020). The Importance of Community in Fostering Change: A Qualitative Case Study of the Rigorous Research in Engineering Education (RREE) Program. Studies in Engineering Education1(1), 20–37. DOI: http://doi.org/10.21061/see.7

Smith, K.A., Matusovich, H. & Zho, T.X.P. (2015). Constructive Controversy in Engineering Undergraduate, Masters, Doctorate, and Professional Settings. In A. Vollmer, M. Dick and T. Wehner (Eds.), Konstruktive Kontroverse in Organisationen: Konflikte bearbeiten, Entscheidungen treffen, Innovationen fördern. Springer Gabler DOI 10.1007/978-3-658-00263-3

Johnson, D.W., Johnson, R.T. & Smith, K.A. (2014). Cooperative Learning: Improving University Instruction By Basing Practice On Validated Theory – draft. In Davidson, N., Major, C., & Michaelsen, L. (Eds.). (2014). Small-group learning in higher education: Cooperative, collaborative, problem-based, and team-based learning. Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 25(4).  [http://celt.miamioh.edu/ject/fetch.php?id=594]

Chavela Guerra, R., Smith, K.A. McKenna, A.F., Swan, C., Korte, R., Jordan, S., Lande, M. and McNeal, R. (2014). Innovation Corps for Learning: Evidence-based Entrepreneurship™ to Improve (STEM) Education. ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference. [I-Corps-L WIP FIE 2014.pdf]

Moore, Tamara J. and Smith, Karl A. (2014). Advancing the State of the Art of STEM Integration. JSTEM Education – [Moore-SmithSTEMIntegrationJSTEMEd-15-1-2014]

Singer, Susan and Smith, Karl A. (2013). Discipline-Based Education Research: Understanding and Improving Learning in Undergraduate Science and Engineering. Guest Editorial. Journal of Engineering Education, 102 (4), 468-471. – [Singer-Smith-DBER-JEE-Oct_2013-jee20030.pdf]

Lichtenstein, G., Chen, H., Smith, K., & Maldonado, T. (2014). Retention and Persistence of Women and Minorities Along the Engineering Pathway in the United States. In A. Johri & B. Olds (Eds.), Cambridge Handbook of Engineering Education Research (pp. 311-334). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/CBO9781139013451.021

Froyd, J.E., Wankat, P.C. & Smith, K.A. (2012). Five major shifts in 100 years of engineering education. Proceedings of the IEEE, 100, 1344-1360.  [http://doi.org/10.1109/JPROC.2012.2190167]