Elijah B Smith, PE
President / Principal EngineerEli is the President and Principal Engineer at JDS. He oversees company operations and plans growth and development with the other members of the leadership. Eli has been involved in the construction industry since 2000 working on estimating, design, and engineering on thousands of projects in NC and beyond. Eli always had the entrepreneurial spirit and once the economy collapsed in 2008 he took that opportunity to start JDS as a full time endeavor. JDS started as a drafting and design company and has since grown to add structural engineering, CMT, and geotechnical engineering services.
What was your first job?
My first paying job was at Dairy Queen in Greeensboro, NC. I started as the guy who cleaned the blinds and put frozen fries in plastic bags. At the end of every shift I smelled like a rotten bowl of milk. This was the first in a long line of restaurant jobs that made me realize I needed to go (back) to college.
Who has inspired you the most?
Many people have inspired me along the way. My father inspired me to work hard at anything I did. My wife inspires me to be a better person. My friends help keep me grounded.
Victory favors neither the righteous nor the wicked. It favors the prepared.
What's your favorite project you've ever been a part of?
After Hurricane Irene we performed about 20 property assessments once the storm had passed. While the work itself was dirty and mosquito ridden it was nice to be able to help people in their time of need.
Favorite thing about your job?
Two things. First, the flexibility it allows to spend time with friends and family. Second, the people at JDS I work with on a daily basis. They are a great group of people who continue to challenge and inspire me everyday.
8600 'D' Jersey Ct
Raleigh, NC 27617