Mark Smith received his B.S. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Georgia Tech in electrical engineering. He started his academic career in 1985 at Georgia Tech as a faculty member in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), where he remained for the next 18 years. In January 2003, he joined Purdue University as head of the School of ECE, and six years later was appointed dean of the Purdue University Graduate School. In August 2017, he joined The University of Texas at Austin as senior vice provost for academic affairs and dean of the Graduate School.