College Welcomes New Chair of Industrial Systems Engineering

Dr. Tonya Smith-Jackson joins the College of Engineering as chair of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering.  She replaces Dr. Paul Stanfield, whose service and accomplishments in this role were greatly appreciated.

“Dr.  Smith-Jackson is an accomplished researcher and educator with a strong vision for our ISE Department.  Her career experiences and her drive have produced a leader with the skills to further strengthen and build the educational, research, and engagement efforts of this key program within our College.  She is a vital addition to our College team as we continue to expand our partnerships throughout the Piedmont Triad region, the state, the country, and the world.” 

            Prior to joining N.C. A&T, Dr. Smith-Jackson was a full professor of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech (VT), where she also served as the Associate Director of the Center for Innovation in Construction Safety and Health. She was also a principal faculty in the Myers-Lawson School of Construction, and an affiliate faculty in the Center for Human-Computer Interaction and the Center of Gerontology.  Since 1999, Dr. Smith-Jackson  has  chaired and co-chaired over 50 ISE doctoral and masters committees. 

            She also served in leadership positions at VT to facilitate diversity and broaden participation, including AdvanceVT (an NSF-funded institutional transformation effort for women in STEM), the Multicultural Fellows, and the Black Faculty/Staff Caucus. 

She also served in leadership positions at VT to facilitate diversity and broaden participation, including AdvanceVT (an NSF-funded institutional transformation effort for women in STEM), the Multicultural Fellows, and the Black Faculty/Staff Caucus.  She is a member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, the American Society of Safety Engineers, and the Association for Psychological Science.

            Dr. Smith-Jackson’s research expertise is in the application of cognitive and cultural ergonomics to the design, analysis, and evaluation of systems, with a specific focus on safety and risk, systems design, work system analysis, inclusive design, human-systems integration, and mixed-methods data integration and analytics.  Her research has been funded by a variety of organizations and agencies, including the National Science Foundation, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Army Research Office, United Parcel Service, Toshiba Corporation of Japan, Carilion Clinic, Carilion Biomedical Institute, and the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation.  Dr. Smith-Jackson has also  worked in arenas outside of academia, including industry (IBM, Ericsson Mobile Communications and Forensics) and government (Consumer Product Safety Commission, Army Community Services) organizations.

            Dr. Smith-Jackson graduated from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in 1982, earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and earned her MS and PhD degrees from NC State University in Psychology/Ergonomics (Interdisciplinary ISE) in 1989 and 1998, respectively. She was certified by the Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics in 2009.