PhD Chemical Engineering, The University of Texas, Austin, TX, May 1997,  Dissertation Title:  “Pervaporative Extraction of Volatile Organic Compounds from Aqueous Systems with use of a Tubular Transverse Flow Module”.

MS Chemical Engineering, The University of Texas, Austin, TX, Dec 1990, GPA: 3.7/4.0.

BS Chemical Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, May 1974, GPA: 3.8/4.0.

Tenured Associate Professor at the University of Kentucky.  Areas of research include magnetic nanoparticles, polymer membrane applications, and chemical vapor deposition.  Published and presented numerous professional articles.  Held responsible industrial positions in areas of environmental engineering and chemical manufacturing.  These include areas of groundwater monitoring program, environmental remediation, air monitoring, water quality program, spill containment, hazardous waste disposal, hazardous materials, and chemical safety.  Experience as manager of chemical maintenance and chemical services personnel for a large electronic manufacturing site.  As a registered Professional Engineer of Texas, interfaced and coordinated various environmental programs with City, State and Federal regulatory agencies.


College of Engineering, Extended Campus Programs
Paducah, KY
1998 – 2004 Assistant Professor of Chemical and Materials Engineering
2004 -          Associate Professor, with tenure.

Austin, TX
Chemical Engineering Research Associate
Adjunct Professor in Chemical Engineering

IBM Corporation
Austin, TX
Chemical engineer on start-up team for large printed circuit card manufacturing plant.  Environmental Engineer responsible for water quality programs (high purity process water, groundwater monitoring, surface and storm water) for a large 600 acre electronic manufacturing site with 12,000 employees. Prepared and received approved air monitoring permits for intensive manufacturing locations.  Performed stack sampling to insure continued compliance.  Interfaced with City, State, and Federal regulatory agencies  concerning soil remediation, hazardous waste disposal, hazardous materials storage, air monitoring, water quality, and groundwater remediation.

Responsible for Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Team comprised of 50 members.  Provided all training including confined space entry, chemical safety, incident command system, and hazardous materials clean-up/disposal.

Manager of Chemical Distribution Center.  Responsible for all personnel and administration of  applicable local, State, and Federal regulations governing handling, storage, transportation, and disposal of waste chemicals (RCRA, DOT, 49 CFR, ICAO, PCB’s, TSCA, etc.), including manifesting of hazardous wastes.

Manager of Chemical Maintenance Services.  Responsible for personnel providing maintenance of chemical systems for two large electronic manufacturing plants at the Austin location.

Systems engineer in areas of air abatement, deionized water production, and bulk chemical tank farm.  Prepared and administered multimillion dollar capital/expense plans.  Implemented system enhancements and troubleshot advanced system operational problems.  Purchased and installed new air abatement equipment and submitted air monitoring permits for all equipment, including large carbon adsorption systems.

Velsicol Chemical Company
El Dorado, AR
Played a major role in the start-up of a new chemical manufacturing plant to produce 10 MM annual lbs. of a flame retardant product.  Acted in a team effort to double production capacity of an existing operation production to 27 MM annual lbs. of a brominated organic specialty chemical.

Acted as an environmental engineer for the manufacturing complex.

Performed stack sampling for air permits and established water quality programs.

Ashland Chemical Company
Columbus, OH
Liaison between R&D and six manufacturing plants, start-up/troubleshooting new operations, and implementing changes to improve existing chemical manufacturing strategies.

Responsible for all manufacturing trial runs of new specialty chemicals, organic intermediates, antioxidants, jet fuels, and petroleum additives.

Responsibility began at laboratory level, through the pilot plant, and final production runs and manufacturing facilities across the U.S.

Performed in-depth and detailed designs of grass roots chemical manufacturing plants to evaluate economics of proposed new products.  Analyzed preliminary economics from patents, SRI reports, and internally generated laboratory/pilot plant data.


United States Marine Corps
1969 – 1972.  Commanded a 50 man reinforced engineer platoon in Viet Nam.  Served as Executive Officer for the Marine Corps Engineer School (1000 students) at Camp Lejeune, N.C.
1972 – 1974.  U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, Dallas TX.

Member, American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Member, American Society of Engineering Education
1982, Professional Engineer, State of Texas, # 57809
2000, Professional Engineer, Commonwealth of Kentucky, # 21287

Research Activities

1.   Current Activities

Enhancement of Pervaporation of Toluene Through Hollow Fiber Membranes With Use of Magnetic Nanoparticles.

2.   Environmental Remediation

Jimmy L. Smart, Application of Six-Phase Soil Heating Technology for Groundwater Remediation, Enviro. Prog., April 2005.

Jimmy L. Smart, Use of the Evolutionary Operation Method to Optimize Gas Absorber Operation, Chem. Engr. Educa, 38(3), Summer 2004.

Jimmy L. Smart, Demonstration of the Evolutionary Operation Method to Optimize Efficiency of a CO2 Absorber, Proceedings, AIChE Conference, San Francisco CA, Nov 19, 2003.

Jimmy L. Smart, Treatability Study of Six-Phase Soil Heating for Groundwater
Remediation at the Paducah Uranium Enrichment Facility, Proceedings, AIChE Conference, San Francisco CA, Nov 19, 2003.

J.L. Smart, Use of an Applied Statistical Method to Optimize Efficiency of an Air Pollution Scrubber Within an Undergraduate Laboratory, ASEE Conference Proceedings, Nashville TN, June 2003.

J. Smart, V.M. Starov, R.C. Schucker, D.R. Lloyd.  Pervaporative Extraction of Volatile Organic Compounds From Aqueous Systems With Use of a Tubular Transverse Flow Module, Part II:  Experimental Results, J. Mem. Sci. 143 (1-2),1998), pp. 159 – 179.

J. Smart, R.C. Schucker, D.R. Lloyd. Pervaporative Extraction of Volatile Organic Compounds From Aqueous Systems With Use of a Tubular Transverse Flow Module, Part I: Composite Membrane Study, J. Mem. Sci. 143 (1-2) (1998), pp. 137 – 157.

J. Smart, V.M. Starov, D.R. Lloyd.  Performance optimization of hollow fiber reverse osmosis membranes, Part II: Comparative study of flow configurations, J. Mem. Sci., 119 (1) (1996), pp. 117 – 128.

V.M. Starov, J. Smart, D.R. Lloyd.  Performance optimization of hollow fiber reverse osmosis membranes, Part I: Development of theory, J. Mem. Sci. 103 (3) (1995), pp. 257 – 270.

3.   Forensic Science:  Estimation of Time of Death in Humans.

Jimmy L. Smart. Use of Postmortem Temperature Decay Response Surface Plots of Heat Transport in the Human Eye to Predict Time of Death, Legal Medicine, submitted July 2012.

Jimmy L. Smart, Michal Kaliszan. Use of a Finite Element Model of Heat Transport in the Human Eye to Predict Time of Death, J. Forensic Sci, submitted Feb 2011, accepted Jan 2012, published Mar 2013.

Jimmy L. Smart,  Michal Kaliszan.  The Post Mortem Temperature Plateau and its Role in the Estimation of Time of Death. A Review.  Legal Medicine, 14, February 2012, 55-62.

Jimmy L. Smart, Estimation of Time of Death With a Fourier Series Unsteady State Heat Transfer Model, J. Forensic Sci, Vol 55(6), Nov  2010, 1481-1487.

Jimmy L. Smart, Michal Kaliszan.  Prediction of Time of Death Using a Heat Transport Model.  COMSOL Conference, Boston, October 2010.

Paducah Professor Publishes Book in China

University of Kentucky engineering professor Jim Smart has published his first book, “Engineering Fluid Mechanics” in China. Smart teaches at the UK College of Engineering Paducah Campus.  He collaborated with three Chinese professors at the Chinese University of Mining and Technology in Xuzhou, China (40,000 students).  It is a 300-page undergraduate textbook dealing with fluid flow and the principles of fluid dynamics.  “There is a real need for this book in China,” Smart said in a statement. “Chinese students learn English language in grade school, but are not exposed to technical English. This book is a bilingual book, to help students learn engineering as well as command of technical English.”  Smart made the connection to China through the UK international student exchange program, where students are sent to China for a year of study and vice versa. He made two trips to China and the Chinese authors also came to the U.S., as they worked together on the book. Smart taught several classes at the Chinese university.  “We have been going back and forth to each other’s countries and trading a lot of e-mails over the past couple of years.

Smart was the first faculty member recruited in 1998 for the then-new UK extended campus engineering school in Paducah. He was recruited from the University of Texas, where he was teaching after spending more than 20 years working in the private sector for such companies as IBM, Ashland Chemical and Great Lakes Chemical.  He moved to Paducah with his wife, who is the owner/operator of BeBe’s Artisan Market in downtown Paducah.

Feb. 2011 – Paducah Sun