Davida Smith is chair of Tuskegee University’s Chemical Engineering Advisory Board. She is also commercial contracts manager in contracts and procurement at Motiva Enterprises.
She has held various roles in contracts, procurement and project management in upstream and downstream for Shell. Under her tenure as chair of Tuskegee’s ChE board, she says alumni giving and support of the Department has increased.
The board has bought software, computers, printers and a server, provided scholarships, finance and advice for student chapters of American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the Chemical Engineering Honor Society mega Chi Epsilon). In addition, she said, the board supported the successful efforts of the Department and School of Engineering toward accreditation, and reviewed and advised on the curriculum.
“We have developed a corporate-to-student and student-to-student mentoring program, sponsored industry trips increasing student awareness of what goes on in a plant, supported student efforts for permanent and summer employment, increased department visibility in industry and aided in recruiting of students and increased professionalism by sponsoring a Dress for Davida Smith success day,” Smith added.
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