Amanda D. Smith

Amanda D. Smith portrait
  • Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering



  • B.S. with Departmental Honors, Mechanical Engineering, University of Memphis. Project: Thesis: Using Adaptive Optics to Mitigate the Effects of Turbulence in Non-traditional Optics Systems
  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Mississippi State University. Project: Dissertation: Combined Heat and Power Systems for Commercial Buildings: Investigating Cost, Emissions, and Primary Energy Reduction Based on System Components

Honors & Awards

  • Alta Sustainability Leadership Award for Integration Sustainability Education. University of Utah Office of Sustainability, 03/2016
  • 2016 Educator of the Year Award. Utah Engineers Council, 02/2016
  • 2015 Educator of the Year Award. Utah ASHRAE Chapter, 12/2015
  • Dean's Recognition for Excellence in Teaching, ME EN 5960/6960 Integrated Energy Systems Analysis Spring 2015. University of Utah College of Engineering, 08/2015
  • Sustainability Teaching Scholar. University of Utah Office of Sustainability, 05/2015


Amanda D. Smith is an energy sustainability researcher who serves as Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Director of the Site-Specific Energy Systems Laboratory, Co-Director of the Intermountain Industrial Assessment Center, Associate Editor of Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments, and advisor to the University of Utah ASHRAE Student BranchShe has expertise in distributed and alternative energy systems, building energy modeling, and quantifying the environmental impacts of energy conversion. In 2015, she introduced a new multidisciplinary energy systems course for engineers and in 2016, she was recognized as the Utah Engineers Council Educator of the Year and with the Alta Sustainability Leadership Award for Integrating Sustainability Education.


  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Professional Member, 07/2013 - present
  • American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Associate Member and Student Chapter Advisor, 12/2012 - present
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Secretary, Renewable Energy and Energy Conversion Committee, 11/2012 - present

In the Media

  • Daily Herald, 2017. Photos: Provo celebrates Women's Day. "Amanda Smith talks about her career in engineering to girls during the Provo Girls Summit as part of International Women's Day activities Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at the Provo City Library.". 03/09/2017.