Dr. Lyle C. Smith III

Lyle Smith
Dr. Lyle C. Smith III

Dean, Vogel School of Engineering/ Professor of Mathematics and Physics


Direct Office Phone: 423-775-7505

Field of Study: Engineering & Technology

Office: Engineering (Vogel School of Engineering)

Academic Degrees
  • Ph.D. Applied Mathematics, University of Louisville
  • M.S. Physics, University of Louisville
  • M.Div. Christian Ministry, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • M.S. Mathematics, Virginia Tech
  • B.S. Physics, Virginia Tech


Dr. Smith joined Bryan College in 2016 and quickly became the Director of Engineering Development, guiding the engineering program through its infancy, from concept to reality. He has designed motors for torpedo propulsion at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, working alongside 2,500 engineers. He has taught math and physics in five different departments at four institutions. Most recently Dr. Smith taught math and physics at North Greenville University, a Southern Baptist school in South Carolina.

In 1995, Dr. Smith graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.S. in Physics and in 1997 with a M.S. in Applied Math. In 2005, he earned his M.S. in Physics from the University of Louisville. Also in 2005, he earned his M.Div. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In 2015, he completed a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics at the University of Louisville.

Dr. Smith has a variety of research interests. His doctoral dissertation was entitled “Improved Self-Consistency for SCED-LCAO,” which addressed the topic of atomic-scale modeling of structures using a fast algorithm with quantum mechanical flavor. Dr. Smith also has an interest in numerical methods, real analysis, cosmology, and demography. At Southern Seminary, Dr. Smith focused on systematic theology with an emphasis on Biblical languages. His focused research was on the interface between science and Christian doctrine.

Lyle is a minister to college students. During a time of profound change, college students need Biblical truth infused into their lives both inside and outside the classroom. Lyle is grateful to be part of that mission here at Bryan College. He is devoted to his God, his family, his church, and his students. He approaches his work with the motto: “Expanding God’s kingdom one mind at a time.”

Publications, Research, & Editing

  • Ph.D. Dissertation: Improved Self-Consistency for SCED-LCAO (2015).
  • Masters’ Thesis: Finite Element Approximations to the Burgers’ Equation with Robin’s Boundary Conditions (1997).
  • “The electronic structure studies of hybrid h-BNC sheets based on a semi- empirical Hamiltonian”, Cherno B.Kah, LyleSmith, Chakram S.Jayanthi, MingYu. Materials Today Communications Volume 26 (2021) 102142.
  • “Employee Attrition,” Lyle Smith, SIMIODE Modeling Scenarios, (2019) https://www.simiode.org/resources/5996
  • “Falling Meteorites,” Lyle Smith SIMIODE Modeling Scenarios, (2019) https://www.simiode.org/resources/6342
  • “Cogging Torque Modeling and Analysis,” Lyle Smith III and Dr. C. Peter Cho, Incremental Motion Control Systems and Devices Symposium, 1998.
  • “FEA Analysis of Various Motor Configurations,” Lyle Smith III, Rich McConnell, and Dr. C. Peter Cho, Naval Symposium on Electric Machines, 1998.
  • “Modeling and Simulation of a Novel Integrated Electric Motor/Propulsor,” Dr. C. Peter Cho, William Krol Jr., and Lyle Smith III, Incremental Motion Control Systems and Devices Symposium, 1998.
  • “A Novel Integrated Electric Motor/Propulsor for Underwater Propulsion,” John Raposa, Lyle Smith III, William Fennell, William Krol Jr., James Uhlman, Daniel Thivierge, and Dr. C. Peter Cho, Naval Symposium on Electric Machines, 1998.
  • “Application of a High-Energy Density Permanent Magnet Material in Underwater Propulsion Systems,” Dr. C. Peter Cho, Andrew Kim, and Lyle Smith III, Fifteenth International Workshop on Rare-Earth Magnets, 1998.
  • “Techniques for Modeling Motors in ANSYS,” Dr. Mike Yaksh, EMAG Specialist and Lyle Smith III, Naval Undersea Warfare Center, ANSYS Users’ Conference and Exhibition, 2000.
  • “Motor Macros for Operation of ANSYS Electromagnetic Models,” Lyle Smith III, Naval Undersea Warfare Center Internal Technical Memorandum, 2000.

When I was considering a move to Bryan College in 2015, God put this question on my mind. What kind of person will you be in 5 years if you work at Bryan? I came to Bryan because the answer to that question is BETTER. God has used my years at Bryan to shape me more into His image. The faculty, staff, and students have worked to sharpen my Christian worldview and focus my obedience to Christ. Bryan College is a special place that God uses to hone His people to His glory. I'm thankful to be part of God's work here.

— Dr. Lyle Smith

Dean, Vogel School of Engineering/ Professor of Mathematics and Physics  | 

Engineering (Vogel School of Engineering)
721 Bryan Drive
Dayton, TN 37321
Mercer 315, Box #7802

Office Phone: 423-775-7222