Leadership Profile


Bob Smith

Bob Smith is the President of the Mechanical Systems & Components business unit. In this role, Bob is responsible for all aspects of the Air & Thermal, Mechanical Components and Wheels & Brakes businesses. This division serves a wide range of global customers who make, operate and maintain commercial air transport aircraft, business jets, general aviation and defense aircraft.

Previously, Bob was vice president, Engineering & Technology and Chief Technology Officer for Honeywell Aerospace and was responsible for all engineering development efforts across the business. He was also responsible for technology development & strategy and leading a global community of elite scientists and engineers that is recognized as one of the most innovative and capable in the aerospace industry.

Prior to this role, Smith was vice president of Advanced Technology for Honeywell Aerospace. In that capacity, he established long-term technology growth strategies for the aerospace business, worked with government science & technology organizations to foster technology investments, and managed the multi-year technology programs that are vital to Honeywell’s new product developments.

Prior to joining Honeywell in 2004, Smith served as Executive Director of the Space Shuttle Upgrades Development Program. In that role, he was responsible for a $300M business that managed a variety of projects that ranged from very large efforts, such as major modifications that replaced the Orbiter’s hydraulic power sources and data handling systems, to smaller efforts, such as the development of new Shuttle tiles and landing systems.

Smith also worked at The Aerospace Corporation where he served as guidance, navigation & control analyst, a chief engineer and program manager for a number of Department of Defense and national security programs. Through a series of positions of increasing responsibility, Smith eventually became the Systems Director of the NASA Programs Office and the site manager for Aerospace’s Houston operations. In that capacity, he served as the business leader for all of Aerospace’s efforts at each of the major NASA centers.

Smith has been a lecturer at University of California-Los Angeles, was the co-principal investigator on a Shuttle payload experiment, and has numerous technical publications. He holds Bachelor of Science degrees in engineering/applied mathematics from Texas A&M University, Brown University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management. Smith also holds a Ph. D in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas.