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WIE Director

Dr. Paige Smith Dr. Paige Smith, Director
Women in Engineering
1131 Glenn L. Martin Hall
University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742

Phone: 301-405-3931
Fax: 301-314-9867

Background Information


  • B.S., Engineering Science & Mechanics, Virginia Tech
  • M.S., Industrial & Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • Ph.D., Industrial & Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech


Paige Smith has served as the Director of the Women in Engineering (WIE) Program in the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland since September 2001. She has over 20 years of experience with recruiting and retaining diverse populations in engineering. 

In addition to her role as Director of WIE, Paige is the faculty advisor to the University of Maryland section of the Society of Women Engineers. Paige was the Principal Investigator for a National Science Foundation's Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP) called the Successful Engineering Education and Development Support (SEEDS) Program. SEEDS extends successful Women in Engineering retention programs to all first year and new external transfer students in the Clark School. Paige is the past Lead for the Mid-Atlantic Girls Collaborative (MAGiC), a regional collaborative of the National Girls Collaborative, that brings together girl serving organizations across Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC committed to increasing the number of young women pursuing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers. She is a Past President for the Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN). Paige was selected by the President’s Commission on Women’s Issues at the University of Maryland to be the 2014 Outstanding Exempt Staff Member. She was the 2009 WEPAN Distinguished Service Award Recipient. Under her leadership, the Women in Engineering Program received the 2016 Women in Engineering Initative Award for Flexus: The Dr. Marilyn Berman Pollans Women in Engineering Living and Learning Community and the 2008 National Engineers Week Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day Award for the Engineering Girl Scout Saturday Program.