After completing all three degrees at the University of Toronto, KC accepted a position of Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of Toronto. In 1961 he joined the University of Illinois, Urbana, as a Research Assistant Professor, reaching the rank of Associate Professor in 1965. That year, he re-joined the University of Toronto, where he was appointed to the rank of Full Professor in 1970, and served as the Chairman of the Department of Electrical Engineering from 1976 to 1981. For the period 1993 to 1998, he served part-time as a Visiting Professor in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology where he was the Founding Director of Computer Engineering. As well, he is an Advisory Professor at the Shanghai Tiedao University.
K.C. Smith has extensive industrial experience in the design and application of computers, medical instrumentation, and electronic circuits generally, as instigator, director, manager, designer, and consultant. He is widely published including the book “Microelectronic Circuits” by Sedra and Smith, originally published in 1982, and now in its Sixth Edition, published in 2010 by Oxford University Press, has been translated into many languages, and adopted by hundreds of universities around the world. In 2008, book sales reached over one million.
Amongst his numerous affiliations with professional associations, is his former directorship and presidency of the Canadian Society for Professional Engineers. As well, he has held a variety of posts in Societies of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), most notably and currently on the Executive Committee of the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC), as Press/Publicity Chair and as Awards/Recognition Chair. He was elected Fellow of the IEEE in 1978 for “Contributions to Digital Circuit Design,” and made Life Fellow of the IEEE in 1996.
Professor Emeritus Smith was a founding member of Z-Tech (Canada), a Toronto-based medical instrumentation company, for which he served in an advisory capacity as Principal Scientist on breast-cancer screening instrumentation. In this role, several patents were applied for and granted.
“My goal is to support Engineering Science as a unique element of the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, as a diverse dynamic experimental milieu which has had and will have enormous impact on its history, current status, and expanding future in a multidisplinary world.”