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About Elisa H. Barney Smith

Dr. Elisa Barney Smith joined the faculty at Boise State University in September 1999. She received a B.S. in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Troy, NY. She then received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering in 1989 and 1998, respectively, also from RPI. From 1989 to 1993 she worked as an engineer at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in New London, CT. In 1993, she had a research internship at the NATO SACLANT Centre in LaSpezia, Italy. Her work at both NUWC and SACLANT Centre involved designing automatic target classification algorithms and systems that utilize passive acoustic data. Dr. Barney Smith's current research is in image processing and pattern recognition, with a primary focus on document image analysis.


September 1999 - Present Professor, Boise State University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Professional Service and Affiliations

2019 - 2019 Student Activities Committee Chair, IEEE
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Honors and Awards

  • 2013 - Outstanding Leadership and Professional Service Award, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Region 6
  • 2013 - Elected Senior Member, Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE)
  • 2005 - Faculty Recognition of the Year Student’s Choice Award
  • 2006 - BSU Provost’s Excellence in Advising Award
  • Co-PI of a 2007 - 2008 NSF Grant on Reliable Processing of Voting Records

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