Ernest Smerdon

Ernest and Joanne Smerdon Scholarship Endowment 


Ernest T. Smerdon of Tucson, Arizona, died age 84 on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. Ernie was Dean of Engineering at the University of Arizona for 10 years (through 1997), after which he spent three years directing engineering education programs at the National Science Foundation.

He retired from the University in 2003. He spent virtually all of his adult life on university campuses, first completing his graduate education, then teaching and doing research, and subsequently in various administrative roles at Texas A&M University, the University of Florida, the University of Texas System, and the University of Arizona. He was a pioneer in the study of water resources, an area of ever-increasing importance.

He received numerous national and international honors, including the highest honor of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He was elected to the prestigious National Academy of Engineering, and became President of the American Society for Engineering Education, which awarded him the Lamme medal in 2008. 

In memory of his contributions to the University of Arizona College of Engineering and engineering education, we ask that you make a contribution to the Ernest and Joanne Smerdon Scholarship Endowment by clicking here.