Gerald SmithAuthor: CFFPP . Date: May 27, 2017
Gerald “Gerry” Smith is currently the Associate Director of the Minority Engineering Recruitment and Retention Program (MERRP) in the College of Engineering (COE) at the University of Illinois-Chicago. In his role at MERRP, Mr. Smith spends a large percent of his time with students, advising them to take advantage of the UIC MERRP programs to be successful in their goal to graduate from the College of Engineering; advising and counseling undergraduate students on course performance and future career opportunities; and reviewing selected senior projects and research initiatives. The remainder of his responsibilities entail managing minority affairs and enhancing the MERRP program image for COE.
Mr. Smith has 17 years of knowledge and advisory board membership with the University of Illinois-Chicago MERRP program and 33 years of experience with the IBM Corporation, where he managed engineers, consultants, and system engineers over the course of his career.