Jo Smart qualified with an BEng (Hons) in Materials Engineering from the University of Wales, Swansea in 1997. She went on to study for an EngD with Rover Group at Warwick Manufacturing Group, University of Warwick, researching thermoplastic processing, specifically an in-mould decoration technique using simultaneous dual injection moulding, and its application within the automotive industry. She completed a part-time MSc in Engineering Business Management concurrently with the first 2 years of her doctoral studies.
Jo went on to spend 13 years at Pera: an engineering consultancy and new product development contractor in Melton Mowbray. She gradually moved from her materials engineering technologist role into management, initially as Project Manager for EC –funded SME consortium projects, then creating and leading the Nanotechnology team, before becoming Competency Leader responsible for all technology delivery across the Advanced Materials and Processing group.
Jo joined the University of Birmingham in June 2015 as Project Manager for the Quantum Technology Hub in Sensors and Metrology. This 5 year project, which is a collaboration between the University of Birmingham and the Universities of Glasgow, Nottingham, Southampton, Strathclyde and Sussex has received £80 million from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, the University, and from over 70 industry partners as part of a major national investment in Quantum Technology.