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Commencement Speaker

Spring 2017

Jeff Smith, Ph.D. (MSCSE '88, Ph.D. '04)

Jeff SmithJeff is Managing Partner of QuantumIOT an IOT systems integrator. Previously, Jeff was the Chief Technology and Strategy Officer of Numerex. He was also the Founding Chair of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) TR-50 Smart Device Communications Standards Committee (M2M) and the Convener of the Global Standards Collaboration (GSC) M2M Standardization Task Force of the ITU/United Nations.

Jeff is no stranger to emerging technologies. As a scientist for Motorola, The Robotics Institute, and the SuperCollider he has worked on wireless sensor and control systems developed for the FBI, CIA, DOD, DOE, NASA, and USPS – from autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles to particle accelerators.

In 2002, Jeff founded SensorLogic an IoT platform provider acquired by Gemalto, Ublip an IoT platform provider acquired by Numerex, On-Ramp an ISP acquired by Verio and several other technology companies. Jeff has served on the boards of Numerex, Winning Habits, CreditAnswers, Vericenter, Verio, and Catapult Health. Jeff is also on the IoT Industrial advisory board of Interdigital.

Jeff has a B.S. in Engineering Science from Trinity University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Engineering (A.I. and Robotics) from the University of Texas at Arlington. He was the project manager of the winning entry in the First International Autonomous Aerial Robotics Competition in 1988. Jeff has 13 patents and several pending. In 2006 Jeff received The International “Community” award from the Ewing B. Kaufmann Foundation. This award recognized his social entrepreneurship mission in Honduras.

Jeff worked at UTARI The University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute on Advanced Manufacturing and Robotics and A.I. in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Jeff is a Distinguished Alumni of The University of Texas at Arlington and has served on the Presidents Development Board, and the advisory board of the College of Engineering and the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. He is also an Adjunct Professor at UTA.

Jeff is an avid speaker with a fun and entertaining style and has been called on internationally as a technology evangelist and visionary particularly in Wireless, the Internet and emerging Internet of Things.

For fun, Jeff spends his time at his cabin in the Rocky Mountain National Park tracking animals with his software defined radio, and automating his farm in East Texas. He has a bride of 20 years, a 16 year old son, and mini Australian Shepherd.

 
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