Robert L. Smith

Robert L. Smith
  • Distinguished Professor and Chair, KU Civil Engineering Department
  • Elected 2011

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Robert L. Smith was a pioneer in the field of water resource development.  His career combined public service, private-sector practice, university teaching, and research about water issues. Instrumental in shaping water policy for the states of Kansas and Iowa, his pioneering studies became the model for other states around the nation.  As D.E. Ackers Distinguished Professor at KU, Bob directed the Water Resources Research Institute and served a six-year term as department chair.  He was KU’s first member of the prestigious National Academy of Engineering. The KU School of Engineering awarded him the Distinguished Engineering Service Award in 1993.