Mr. Smith is a member of the IEEE Power and Energy Society; a member of CIGRE, the International Council on Large Electric Systems; a member of the American Meteorological Society; a US representative to the IEA Wind Annex Task 25 on Design and Operation of Power Systems with Large Amounts of Wind Power, and a Fellow of the IEEE.
He is a guest editor for the IEEE Power and Energy magazine, and a past editor for the IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy. Mr. Smith received the IEEE PES Ramakumar Family Renewable Energy Excellence Award in 2014.
During the past 10 years, Mr. Smith has also served as an advisor to the State Grid Energy Research Institute of China on matters dealing with interconnection and integration of wind plants, and helped establish CVIG in China, modeled on the UVIG. Mr Smith is a member of the NERC Essential Reliability Services Task Force (ERSTF) and the Technical Advisor to the US TAG for the IEC SC 8A on the Integration of Renewable Energy in Transmission Systems.
He received his BSME and MS degrees from MIT in 1970. He currently serves as the Executive Director of ESIG (Energy Systems Integration Group). Previously, he served as President of Electrotek Concepts, a power engineering consulting firm. He has over 45 years of experience in the electric power industry.