Jim Smith

Research Project Engineer, Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering


164 West Hall


(734) 764-4970


Jim supports the Marine Hydrodynamics Laboratory (MHL) through shop management, computer-aided design and manufacturing, welding, CNC and manual machining, instrument fabrication, woodworking, and providing test and research support.

He is passionate about learning and enjoys working on student-led research projects and with the numerous interns that work at the MHL. His aim is to use his real-world experiences to mentor and train students, helping them to be more capable and adaptable engineers.

Prior to joining the MHL, Jim worked at the University of Washington where he developed, maintained, and deployed autonomous underwater vehicles for the United States Navy. He also earned his BA in Social Science from UW in 2014. He has a diverse career background as an automotive mechanic, a carpenter, a fine arts/graphic design student, and a Jumpmaster in the 82nd Airborne Division.