Gordon D Smith

Professor of Practice


Gordon D. Smith, Ph.D., is a Professor of Practice Supply Chain Management in the Department of Decision and Information Sciences at the University of Houston C.T. Bauer College of Business. He holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research and an MS in Industrial Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University and a BA in Mathematics from The University of Connecticut.

Dr. Smith has had over 20 years of executive management experience for multinational companies in high technology industries prior to rejoining academia. He has lead the transformation of operations, supply chains and customer service organizations in diverse industries such as automotive (Textron Automotive and Huf NA), telecommunications (Corvis) and oil & gas exploration (Input/Output). Gordon has consulted with high technology manufacturing companies and service organizations providing guidance focused on sustainable change management, achieving operational excellence through manufacturing and quality process improvements and the application of lean thinking.

Dr. Smith previously held the positions of Assistant Professor of Operations Management and Director of the Executive MBA program at the Whittemore School of Business and Economics at The University of New Hampshire.

Areas of Expertise

  • Operational Excellence
  • Global Supply Chain Management / Rationalization
  • Quality Performance
  • Lean Management applied to manufacturing enterprises and service organizations

Academic Associations & Editorial Boards

  • IIE - Institute of Industrial Engineers
  • SEG - Society for Exploration Geophysicists

Contact Info

MH 260A
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  • SCM 4363 Operations in Service Industries (fall 09)

    SCM 4368 / 7368 Supply Chain Control Systems (fall 09)

    SCM 3301 Service and Manufacturing Operations (spring 10)

    SCM 4367 / 7364 Competitive Quality Management (spring 10)

    SCM 6301 Production and Operations Management (spring 10)