Casey Smith

Doctoral Student in the DELTA Program

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign


Casey Smith is a Ph.D student in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research interests involve cross-domain collaborations in post-secondary makerspaces. Casey’s work with Dr. Mike Tissenbaum in the DELTA program aims to explore technologies for improving student cross-disciplinary collaboration and knowledge awareness.


  • Makerspaces
  • Engineering Instructional Labs
  • Collaborative learning Environments


  • MS in Electrical Engineering, 2001

    University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

  • BS in Computer Engineering, 1999

    University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign



Assistant Director of Instructional Support

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Aug 2019 – Present Urbana,Illinois

Oversee instructional labratory development, preparation, inventory, waste, and safety in coordination with faculty. Manage the ECE electroincs and machine shop personnel and act as liaison with course staff for their services.

• Instructional Lab Curriculum Development
• Lab Management
• Planning and Procurement

Senior Instructional Lab Coordinator : Aug 2016 - Aug 2019
Instructional Lab Coordinator : July 2014 - Aug 2016



University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Jan 2019 – May 2019 Urbana, Illinois
Mentored and evaluated 10 student groups in ECE capstone course.

Senior Design Engineer

Opal Kelly Incorporated

Aug 2010 – Jul 2014 Portland, Oregon
Product Development
• Lead development of FPGA based products.
• Design PCBs through schematic capture and layout.
• Author device samples and firmware in Verilog and VHDL.
• Manage coordination with manufacturer.

Research Engineer

University of Chicago Engineering Center

Oct 2003 – Aug 2010 Chicago, Illinois
Instrumentation Development
• Designed FPGA based data acquisition systems for astrophysics research.
• Developed front end electronics for readout of PMTs and custom ASICs.
• Developed triggering systems for scientific event detection.
• Managed engineering and science teams.
• Supported scientific balloon instruments through NASA verification and testing.


NASA Group Achievement Award

For contributions to CREAM science and mission support team.

Professional Conference Sessions

2019 ECEDHA Makerspace Session Moderator

Breakout Session: Interdisciplinary Makerspaces in ECE

2018 ECEDHA Makerspace Panel

Breakout Session: Connecting ECE Curricula with Makerspaces