Heather Smith is a program director for the Office of Interdisciplinary Professional Programs at UW-Madison. She is responsible for the online Master’s degree program in Engineering Management and teaches Leadership and Project Management courses. Heather is known as a motivational leader with a focus on adaptability and risk management. She has over 18 years of experience in the test and measurement sector at National Instruments as both an engineer and a leader. Smith has a track record of leading high-risk projects for consumer electronics, RF, solar, and the oil and gas industries. Her focus on international projects brought together a diverse set of partners, suppliers and customers onto teams dedicated to the project goal. She credits her success with building a team culture of trust and respect, where candor, continuous learning, and building a listening culture is vibrant.