Leighton Smith

Senior Principal Systems Engineer

Leighton joined Gibbs & Cox in the beginning of 2021 as a Senior Principal Systems Engineer and Ship Design Manager supporting several of our newest and most advanced unmanned and autonomous projects. Originally from Wisconsin, Leighton graduated from the University School of Milwaukee and then later from Trinity College in Hartford, CT. Prior to joining G&C, Leighton served in the U.S. Air Force, having gone through Basic Training, Officer Training School, Undergraduate Pilot Training, and Pilot Instructor Training. After his departure from the Air Force, he earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington and went on to be an assistant professor at the University of Central Florida and a senior systems engineer for several U.S. Government contracts. Outside of work, Leighton is a passionate baseball fan, an avid reader, and has authored eight books.

Leighton’s experiences have made him an incredible asset to our organization and to the development of innovative technology.

“[the] team received very strong endorsement at Design Review #2 placing us in an excellent position for [future phases of the project].   Based on the superb efforts of G&C, they are our trusted design agent for Detail Design and will perform a majority of the design work. … I have been involved in naval combatant ship design for 40 years and have never seen applause at a design review like we received at DR2.  Well Done!”