Dr. Moira Smith
BEng (Hons), PhD, MIET, MRAes
Dr Moira Smith is a successful entrepreneur, active investor, business leader and Chartered Engineer who is passionate about realising the potential of technology and innovation through start-up businesses, as well as the education and training of the next generation of entrepreneurs.
Her current activities are all in support of that aim, spanning Directorships of numerous businesses (including technology start-ups and business accelerators), technical and business advice to companies, training, and championing innovation through active investment, direction-setting and participation in businesses and international entrepreneurship events.
Moira has a track record of technology business growth on an international scale from start-up to sale and has always been a strong supporter of education and training for aspiring technologists and entrepreneurs, from activities for the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) encouraging youngsters to consider Engineering and Technology careers through to a current lecture course for a leading UK University on Technical Entrepreneurship.
Trained as a professional engineer, Moira holds a BEng (Hons) in Avionics, a PhD in Mathematical Modelling and Complex Software System Validation, and is a Chartered Engineer with membership of the IET and the Royal Aeronautical Society. Her early career brought design, development and testing experience on a range of space, aerospace, defence and security projects for international companies before technical management roles.
In September 1999 Moira founded Waterfall Solutions Ltd to provide the highest quality innovative technology to the defence market, which built a global reputation with industry and government agencies alike for cutting-edge, innovative technology before being acquired in October 2010 by an international Security and Defence plc. Moira continued as Waterfall’s Managing Director, leading the company’s continued growth and expansion for another year before turning her attention back to technology innovation and new business ventures.