Tamara Floyd Smith, Ph.D., P.E.

Interim Assistant Provost
Professor of Chemical Engineering

Tamara Floyd-Smith
Interim Assistant Provost

Dr. Tamara Floyd-Smith was appointed Interim Assistant Provost, reporting to the President through the Provost. Dr. Floyd-Smith serves as Interim Assistant Provost at Tuskegee University. She will assists with administrative matters of Teaching, Research, and/or Service (outreach). Under the direction of the Provost, and in close collaboration with the deans, this she will review faculty positions, instructional resources, accrediting standards, infrastructural resources, and assess variable impinging the tripartite pillars of academic, or Teaching, Research and Service. Her path to administration began when she joined the faculty as Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering in 2003. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 2007, earned tenure in 2009 and was promoted to Full Professor in 2012. Currently, she also holds an adjunct appointment with the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the endowed chair position of 3M Scholar. From 2010-2013, she served as Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee of the Faculty Senate during a time of significant expansion in the university’s educational programs. She also served on the successful 2008 SACS reaffirmation team. 

Dr. Floyd-Smith’s post-secondary education began at Tuskegee University where she earned a B.S. degree in chemical engineering in 1996. Then, she matriculated from Tuskegee University to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA and completed requirements for M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in 1998 and 2001, respectively. After completing the Ph.D. degree, she gained industrial experience as a Member of Technical Staff at Lucent Technologies Bell Labs, Norcross, GA for two years. To culminate her educational training and preparation for leadership, she began a one-year, NSF-sponsored, Post Graduate Certificate Program in Academic Leadership at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) and expects to complete program requirements in April 2015.

In addition to teaching in the chemical engineering and materials science and engineering programs, Dr. Floyd-Smith conducts both scientific research and engineering education research. During her tenure, she has supervised five graduate degrees and has coauthored more than twenty peer-reviewed journal publications and book chapters. She has also served as Tuskegee University Principal Investigator for NSF, DOE, DOD and NASA projects totaling more than $2.5M for Tuskegee University. 

Recent Publications (2012-present)

  1. Wilson, D., D. Jones, F. Bocell, J. Crawford, M. Kim, N. Veilleux, T. Floyd-Smith, R. Bates and M. Plett, “Belonging and Academic Engagement Among Undergraduate STEM Students: A Multi-Institutional Study,” Research in Higher Education, 2015, in press.
  2. Floyd-Smith, T., S. Begum, N. Vahdat, Q. P. He, K. Kwon, J. Mbah and A. Smith. “Chemical Engineering at Tuskegee University,” Chemical Engineering Education, 2015, Vol. 1 (Winter Issue).
  3. Baah, D., Donnell, T., Srinivasan, S. and Floyd-Smith, T. “Stop Flow Lithography (SFL) Synthesis and Characterization of Structured Microparticles, Journal of Nanomaterials, 2014.
  4. Wilson, D., Jones, D. Kim, M.J., Allendoerfer, C., Bates, R., Crawford, J., Floyd-Smith, T., Plett, M. and Veilleux, N., “The Link Between Cocurricular Activities and Academic Engagement in Engineering Education,” Journal of Engineering Education, 2014, (103) 625.
  5. Baah, David and Tamara Floyd-Smith, “Microfluidics for Particle Synthesis from Photocrosslinkable Materials,” Microfluidics and Nanofluidics, 2014, (17) 431.
  6. Baah, David, Tobias Donnell, Julaunica Tigner and Tamara Floyd-Smith, “Stop Flow Lithography Synthesis of Non-Spherical Metal Oxide Particles,” Particuology, 2013, (14) 91.
  7. Julaunica Tigner, Mahmoud Moeini Sedeh, Trena Sharpe, Alexandria Bufford and Tamara Floyd-Smith, “Analysis of a Platform for Thermal Management Studies of Microelectronic Cooling Methods,” Applied Thermal Engineering, 2013, (60) 88.
  8. Cheryl Allendoerfer, Denise Wilson, Rebecca Bates, Joy Crawford, Denise Jones, Tamara Floyd-Smith, Melani Plett, Elaine Scott and Nanette Veilleux, “Strategic Pathways for Success: The Influence of Outside Community on Academic Engagement,” Journal of Engineering Education, July 2012.
  9. David Baah, Julaunica Tigner, Kala Bean, Bernard Britton and Tamara Floyd-Smith, “Microfluidic Synthesis and Post Processing of Non-Spherical Polymeric Microparticles,” Microfluidics and Nanofluidics, 2012, (12) 657.

Contact Info

Tamara Floyd Smith, Ph.D., P.E.
Professor of Chemical Engineering 
and 3M Scholar

College of Engineering
Kresge Center, Rm 207
Tuskegee  University,  
Tuskegee,  AL  36088
Phone: (334) 727-8975
Fax:  (334) 727-8996
Email: tfloyd@mytu.tuskegee.edu 

  • Ph.D.,  Chemical Engineering, MIT, Cambridge, MA, 2001
  • M.S., Chemical Engineering, MIT, Cambridge, MA, 1998
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, Tuskegee University, 
    Tuskegee, AL, 1996