Smith, J.W. was born on January 28, 1936 in Columbus, Ohio, United States.
Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics, Ohio State University, 1960. Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Detroit Mercy, 1966. Master of Science in Industrial Psychology, Brandeis, 1970.
Vice president product development and marketing Getman Corporation, 1982-1984. Vice president, general manager Rotary Power, Inc., 1984-1986. Director technological Jeffrey Division Dresser Industries, 1986-1995.