Timothy Smith

Timothy Smith - Professor
Professor, Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, Twin Cities

Founding Director, NorthStar Initiative for Sustainable Enterprise, Institute on the Environment

  • Agriculture and Environment
  • Business and Management
  • Food
  • Sustainability


Timothy M. Smith, Ph.D., is a professor of sustainable systems management and international business in the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Sciences at the University of Minnesota. He is also the founding director of the NorthStar Initiative for Sustainable Enterprise at the Institute on the Environment.

Throughout his career, Smith  has developed integrative approaches to sustainable systems performance measurement and decision-making within the contexts of supply chain management, product/process design, marketing, and public policy. He teaches undergraduates, graduate students and executives in courses on sustainability management systems and strategy, systems thinking and analysis, and corporate sustainability and social responsibility—earning him numerous awards for teaching excellence and community engagement.

Smith also actively advises governmental agencies on energy and public procurement policies and consults with numerous companies and organizations on advancing sustainability.