Huntsville, Ala. ---- An entrepreneur and academician who has served in several challenging leadership roles throughout his career will address Alabama A&M University engineering students and the general public during a Thursday, January 30, presentation.
Dr. Delmonize ‘Del’ Smith will speak on the topic “Converting Technical Knowledge into a Successful Business Enterprise” at 12:30 p.m. in Arthur J. Bond Hall auditorium (engineering building) as an integral part of the College of
Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences’ Dean’s Speaker Series. Dr. Chance Glenn serves as the major component's dean.
The informative series offers the greater Huntsville community an opportunity to meet at AAMU to hear engaging discussions on critical issues. Speakers range from leaders in industry, academia, and government, to students and faculty.
Dr. Smith has extensive management and leadership experience in industries, such as healthcare, information technology (IT), education and government. He also has served in numerous roles throughout his career, including IT analyst in the U.S. Army, a consultant for Fortune 500 companies, business professor, and serial entrepreneur.
He formed his first tech startup, which he later sold, at the age of 25. A more recent startup, a strategic HR and IT management consulting company, was purchased in 2012 by a Canadian firm. Smith currently serves as commissioner of neighborhood and business development for the City of Rochester, N.Y., where he oversees over $1 billion in housing and economic development programs.
Dr. Smith is also a tenured associate professor of management at the Rochester Institute of Technology, having served as the inaugural director of the university’s Center for Urban Entrepreneurship. His research focuses on the growth of minority-based businesses and has appeared in leading journals, such as Management Decision, Human Relations, and Journal of Business Research. In addition to his published research, Dr. Smith frequently presents at conferences and workshops across the country.
At the age of 32, the Rochester Business Journal honored Dr. Smith with its “Forty Under 40” award, which recognizes young professionals for service in their jobs and in the community. Dr. Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Faulkner University, an M.S. degree in management from Troy University, and a Ph.D. degree in management from the University of Alabama.