Engineering & Technology

James Smith

Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, James Smith is an Assistant Professor in Construction and Facilities Management (CFM) in the School of Technology at BYU.  Before arriving at BYU Fall 2016, James had been an assistant Professor at Clemson University.  He received his undergraduate degree and master’s in Construction Management from BYU and his PhD from Texas A&M University in Architecture.  James lives in Vineyard, Utah with his wife of 16 years and 5 children ages 2-14.

James is working to improve interdisciplinary classrooms and discover and share best practices for managing interdisciplinary classrooms.  In order for a class to be truly interdisciplinary, as opposed to multidisciplinary, students need to be at high levels of proficiency in their disciplines so that team interactions and contributions are productive.  There are many pedagogical considerations to plan for in such interdisciplinary courses, but the learning benefits are worthy of the effort.

Project wise, James is pursuing NSF funding for a multi-university sponsored project (BYU, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, and Clemson University).  This project consortium is exploring integrated project delivery methods for industry applications.

James’ dissertation developed a model to assist in the establishment and maintenance of trust, crucial ingredients in the interdisciplinary needs required in successful construction management projects.  This model helps those who are trustworthy, but who may not come across as trustworthy, to develop skills that support trust building.  Currently, he is collaborating with a professor of Psychology to enhance the trust building model with the aim to publish in a top tier journal.  

Courses that he teaches include: CFM 105 Introduction to Construction and Facilities Management; and Construction and Facilities Management Capstone.

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Tools, Materials + Processes

BYU Course Code: 
INDES 214
Course Description: 

Manufacturing tools, processes, and materials commonly used in product design.

Department: 
Does the course meet general education requirements?: 
No
Prerequisites: 
None.
CID Category: 
Innovation

Graphics Studies for InDes 1

BYU Course Code: 
INDES 340
Course Description: 

Introduction to graphic skills such as corporate identity, packaging design, logo design, and web/interface design elements.

Department: 
Does the course meet general education requirements?: 
No
Prerequisites: 
BFA acceptance.
Prerequisites Yes/No: 
Yes, there are prerequisites
CID Category: 
Design

Hydraulic Design of Channels

BYU Course Code: 
CE EN 535
Course Description: 

Theories and principles of chemical kinetics, including heterogeneous catalysis and reactor design.

Does the course meet general education requirements?: 
No
Prerequisites: 
CH EN 386.
Prerequisites Yes/No: 
Yes, there are prerequisites
CID Category: 
Design

Digital System Design

BYU Course Code: 
EC EN 320
Course Description: 

Advanced digital design, including hardware description languages, electrical properties of digital circuits, synchronous and asynchronous circuits, computer arithmetic, and interfacing to external circuitry.

Does the course meet general education requirements?: 
No
Prerequisites: 
EC EN 220 & EC EN 240.
Prerequisites Yes/No: 
Yes, there are prerequisites
CID Category: 
Design

Intermediate Materials

BYU Course Code: 
ME EN 452
Course Description: 

Mechanical behavior of engineering materials including metals, plastics, ceramics, and composites.

Does the course meet general education requirements?: 
No
Prerequisites: 
ME EN 250 & ME EN 372.
Prerequisites Yes/No: 
Yes, there are prerequisites
CID Category: 
Creativity

Composite Material Design

BYU Course Code: 
ME EN 456
Course Description: 

Macro- and micro-mechanical analysis and design of uni- and multidirectional composite materials.

Does the course meet general education requirements?: 
No
Prerequisites: 
ME EN 250.
Prerequisites Yes/No: 
Yes, there are prerequisites
CID Category: 
Design

Integrated Prod+Proc Dsgn 2

BYU Course Code: 
ME EN 476
Course Description: 

Comprehensive two-semester design experience from conception to manufacturing planning and prototype. Product development process. Economic and manufacturing considerations. Intellectual property assignment agreement required.

THIS COURSE IS TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE

Does the course meet general education requirements?: 
No
Prerequisites: 
ME EN 363 & ME EN 372 & ME EN 373; or EC EN 340 & EC EN 370 & EC EN 380; or ENG T 231 & MFG 340 & MFG 355.
Prerequisites Yes/No: 
Yes, there are prerequisites
CID Category: 
Design

Design + Materials Applicatns

BYU Course Code: 
ME EN 500
Course Description: 

Materials selection in design; effects of materials properties, structure and geometry on performance; process selection and property modification techniques; basics of material failure mechanism.

Does the course meet general education requirements?: 
No
Prerequisites: 
Ce En 321 or Me En 372; Ce En 203; Me En 250; or equivalents.
Prerequisites Yes/No: 
Yes, there are prerequisites
CID Category: 
Design

Integrated Prodct+Proc Desgn 1

BYU Course Code: 
ME EN 475
Course Description: 

Comprehensive two-semester design experience from conception to manufacturing planning and prototype. Product development process. Economic and manufacturing considerations. Intellectual property assignment agreement required.

Does the course meet general education requirements?: 
No
Prerequisites: 
ME EN 363 & ME EN 372 & ME EN 373; or EC EN 340 & EC EN 370 & EC EN 380; or ENG T 231 & MFG 340 & MFG 355.
Prerequisites Yes/No: 
Yes, there are prerequisites
CID Category: 
Design

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