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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Mechanical Sys Dsgn Fundmntls

BYU Course Code: 
ME EN 372
Course Description: 

Static and dynamic stress and failure analysis for mechanical systems.

Does the course meet general education requirements?: 
No
Prerequisites: 
CE EN 203 & ME EN 282.
Prerequisites Yes/No: 
Yes, there are prerequisites
CID Category: 
Design

Topics in Mechanical Design

BYU Course Code: 
ME EN 372
Course Description: 

None given.

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

Design of Control Systems

BYU Course Code: 
ME EN 431
Course Description: 

Classical frequency response and time domain design of control systems. State variable control and computer simulation of control systems.

Does the course meet general education requirements?: 
No
Prerequisites: 
ME EN 335; or EC EN 380.
Prerequisites Yes/No: 
Yes, there are prerequisites
CID Category: 
Design

Prof Practices of the Designer

BYU Course Code: 
INDES 388
Course Description: 

Business aspects of the design profession.

Professor: 
Department: 
Does the course meet general education requirements?: 
No
Prerequisites: 
Admittance to professional program.
Prerequisites Yes/No: 
Yes, there are prerequisites
CID Category: 
Design

Mechanical Engineering Capstone course (2 semester sequence)

BYU Course Code: 
ME 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.

Professor: 
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; Senior standing (fewer than 30 hours remaining in the program) in ME EN, MFG, INDES, or related disciplines with instructor's consent.
Prerequisites Yes/No: 
Yes, there are prerequisites
CID Category: 
Design

Furniture Design

BYU Course Code: 
TEE 400
Course Description: 

Designing several projects and building a significant piece of furniture. Topics include: current and past designers; surface decoration through coloring, texturing, pyrography; models, mock-ups, working drawings; bending, turning, advanced machining.

Department: 
Does the course meet general education requirements?: 
No
Prerequisites: 
TEE 200.
Prerequisites Yes/No: 
Yes, there are prerequisites
CID Category: 
Design

Construction Management 416

BYU Course Code: 
CM 416
Course Description: 

Preparation for competition and international capstone projects. Topics include presentation and problem solving skills, business strategy, assessment, and SWAT analysis principles.

Does the course meet general education requirements?: 
No
Prerequisites: 
CE EN 113 & CFM 241 & CFM 311.
Prerequisites Yes/No: 
Yes, there are prerequisites
CID Category: 
Design

Pres Methods for Ind Design 1

BYU Course Code: 
INDES 231
Course Description: 

Product presentation methods emphasizing perspective, value, scale, accuracy, and color.

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

Construction Management 417 (Capstone)

BYU Course Code: 
CM 417
Course Description: 

Final preparations for student competitions.

Does the course meet general education requirements?: 
No
Prerequisites: 
CFM 416R.
Prerequisites Yes/No: 
Yes, there are prerequisites
CID Category: 
Design

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