It’s not often that life brings us someone as special as Keith Smith. He was a compassionate leader, a patient mentor, and an extremely talented engineer.
Keith graduated from Penn State University’s College of Engineering in 1992. He began his career in Texas working for a forensic engineering firm. After gaining unique experience, and his Professional Engineering license, Keith and his family returned to Pennsylvania, where he joined many of his former PSU classmates at Providence Engineering. For the next 18 years, Keith served in an ever-expanding role within the firm.
Because of Keith’s engineering creativity he was the go-to for any project that required “specialty” engineering. In a given week he might provide design for monumental stairs, glass railings, artistic sculptures, fall protection anchorages, patient lift systems and industrial lifting and rigging systems. Anything that was atypical or more challenging than usual was Keith’s bread and butter.
A project that Keith was particularly proud of was the Domino Sugar Sign Renovation. This massive neon sign has been a fixture on the Baltimore skyline for more than 70 years. Under Keith’s leadership, our team provided designs that will allow it to continue shining for generations to come.
In his role as Vice President and York Branch Lead, Keith served as mentor to a growing team of young engineers. He was extremely patient, supportive, and played a big role in the molding of many young engineering minds. “He challenged me to find the answer on my own, so I could learn” said Adam Love.
Beyond Providence, Keith was a longtime supporter of the ACE Mentor Program and went above and beyond to foster engineering and math skills within the local York school districts. He also volunteered with the Rotary Club in York and especially liked supporting his community through York Giving.
Above all else, Keith was a kind and caring friend. He was adored by all, and he will be missed beyond measure. May the light you’ve shone upon us Keith, shine forever!