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Tianqi "Tenchi" Gao Smith

Assistant Professor

Systems Science and Industrial Engineering


Tenchi Smith received her doctor of philosophy in industrial and systems engineering and a graduate minor in statistics, both from Auburn University.

Her research interests are human factors, occupational ergonomics, health and safety. She enjoys collaborating with experts from adjacent research fields such as medicine, kinesiology, epidemiology and psychology.

She is passionate about teaching young minds to help humans work safer and more efficiently with the environment and machines that they interact with. She also enjoys serving and being an active member of her academic community.

Prior to Auburn, she acquired her bachelor of science in industrial and systems engineering at the University of Southern California and worked for two years as an industrial engineering consultant in Los Angeles and San Jose, Calif.

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  • MISE, PhD, Auburn University
  • BS, University of Southern California

Research Interests

  • Physical ergonomics
  • Occupational safety and health / iunjury prevention
  • Human factors
  • Interdisciplinary research of the above areas in conjunction with statistics and health sciences.