Bob Smither was born in Texas on August 26, 1944. He attended the University of Houston where he received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering. Bob worked for several companies in the Houston area before incorporating Circuit Concepts, Inc., an engineering consulting firm, in 1978. He has been president of Circuit Concepts, Inc. since that time.
Dr. Smither taught Electrical Engineering at the University of Houston for 13 years during which time he supervised master and Ph.D. students. He has made 13 technical presentations, authored 15 technical papers, and holds 20 patents. He is a member of several engineering and honor societies.
Bob was active with Armand Bayou Nature Center and served on the board of directors, was a volunteer with Boy Scouts of America, while his son was a member, and founded the Gulf Coast Turtle and Tortoise Society. He was a science and math teacher for Home Education Partnership, teaching courses to home school students. He is currently tutors high school and college students across the country using an on-line whiteboard.
After the abduction and murder of their daughter Laura Kate Smither Bob and his wife Gay, co-founded the Laura Recovery Center for missing children in 1998. He is an active volunteer with the Center and maintains the web site and computer resources.
Bob enjoys reading (mostly non-fiction) and being outdoors hiking and camping.