- Development and execution of engineering pedagogy, with an emphasis on hands-on and real world applications;
- Robotic training model for obstetrics;
Dr. James Andrew Smith is a Professional Engineer and an Assistant Lecturer in York University’s Lassonde School of Engineering where he specializes in experiential teaching methods. He has expertise in embedded systems, legged robots and modelling human birth. Dr. Smith received BSc and MSc degrees in Electrical Engineering at the University of Alberta. Following the completion of his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at McGill University he undertook a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Jena’s Institute for Sports Science, in Jena, Germany. He has won teaching awards at Ryerson University as well as the University of Alberta. Dr. Smith was the recipient or co-recipient of four IEEE Real World Engineering Projects awards. He was also co-recipient of second place in the design competition at the 2012 Healthcare Innovation Conference in Houston Texas. In his previous role as Biomedical Program Director and Stream Coordinator he helped lead Ryerson University’s Biomedical Engineering Program to its first successful accreditation with the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) in 2012. He is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Ryerson University.
- J. A. Smith, R. Wong, J. Jivraj, and V. X. D. Yang, “30 Years of Neurosurgical Robots: Review and Trends for Manipulators and Associated Navigational Systems”, Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 44(4): 836-46, 2016.
- J. A. Smith, “Galloping in an Underactuated Quadrupedal Robot”, International Journal of Robotics & Automation, 30(4), 2015.
- J. A. Smith and J. Jivraj, “Effect of Rear Leg Morphology on Performance of a Quadrupedal Robot”, Journal of Bionic Engineering, 12(3), 2015.
J. A. Smith, “Zombie Metaphors and Other Strategies for Teaching Inclusive & Open-Minded Design”, Ryerson Faculty Conference, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada, May, 2015.
- J. A. Smith, “Inductive Learning Tool Improves Instrumentation Course“, M445·Instrumentation Division Technical Session 1, ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, June 15-18, 2014, Indianapolis, Indiana.
- J. A. Smith, “A Simplified Cervix Model in Response to Induction Balloon in Pre-Labour” Theoretical Biology and Medical Modelling, 10:58, 2013.