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College of Engineering and Technology dean correspondence, approximately 1977-1987

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1032 Series 1

Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence to and from the dean, L. Douglas Smoot, of the College of Engineering and Technology at Brigham Young University. Correspondence is in the form of memos and letters. Correspondence concerns department spending/budget, research, and other general administrative issues. Dates range from approximately 1977 to 1987.


  • approximately 1977-1987


Conditions Governing Access

Restricted. Closed for 35 years from the date of creation of the records, and thereafter open to the public in accordance with the University Archives Policy.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from College of Engineering and Technology records must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

L. Douglas Smoot (1934-) is an emeritus dean of the Brigham Young University College of Engineering & Technology, engineering professor and researcher in Utah.

Leon Douglas Smoot was born in Provo, Utah in 1934. He grew up in Springville, Utah. Smoot attended Brigham Young University (BYU) as an undergraduate from 1952 to 1957. He married Marian Bird in 1953. Smoot recieved his M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington in 1958 and then his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering also from the University of Washington in 1960.

Smoot began teaching at Brigham Young University in 1967 and was department chairman from 1970-1977, Dean of Engineering and Technology from 1977 through 1994, and Director of the Advanced Combustion Research Engineering Center (ACERC) from its beginning in 1986 to 1997. He retired from BYU in 2006.

In 1985, he participated in a research competition which resulted in the awarding of a grant to start ACERC. Smoot ran the Center for twelve years. He also worked for Lockheed, Boeing, and the California Institute of Technology, researching energy and combustion.

In 1995, he was set apart as an Area Authority of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Utah South Area, and was ordained to the fifth Quorum of the Seventy in 1997. Smoot is also known for his work on restoring Brigham Young Academy, from 1995 to its dedication in 2001. He wrote a book on his work, entitled "The Miracle at Academy Square." He is a descendant of Abraham O. Smoot.


14 boxes

7 folders

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