Dora Smith directs the global education and startup strategies for Siemens Digital Industries Software. The strategic education initiative empowers learners to create a more innovative sustainable future through access to industrial strength software, industry-aligned learning resources, and an ecosystem of more than 1.5 million students at more than 4,000 institutions worldwide. The strategic startup program empowers entrepreneurs to make an impact on the world through cutting-edge tools and resources to take their innovations from digitalization to realization. Smith also serves in academic-industry advisory roles with the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES).
She is an accredited business communicator with more than 25 years of experience in the engineering and manufacturing industry. Previously, she held executive management positions at CAD Potential (now Tata Technologies), where she developed the company’s first academic and certification programs. Prior to that, she directed the Unigraphics Users Group (now Digital Enterprise Society) an independent, not-for-profit user advocacy organization supporting the engineering community. Smith earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from University of Missouri-Columbia and a master’s in business administration from Washington University.