Robert Emery Smith

Director of Classroom Innovation
Stanford University

Robert Emery Smith is the Director of Classroom Innovation in the Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning at Stanford University.  He works with faculty, architects, AV and IT professionals to design, implement and support the use and evaluation of classroom activities using contemporary tools and media.  An experienced electromechanical engineer, Bob has deep experience in commercial technology-driven, user-centered product design.  He returned to Stanford University in 2000 to direct the design team that created Wallenberg Hall, where he oversaw classroom research operations from 2002-2010.  He participated in the Wallenberg Global Learning Network program "High Performance Learning Spaces," facilitating rich ethnographic research in the classrooms and enabling a cross-continental live music performance.  He continues to support Stanford faculty and other institutions in their experiments with classroom-augmenting technologies.