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Alumnus Honored for Entrepreneurial/Philanthropic Contributions

October 26, 2006

University of Texas at Arlington Computer Science & Engineering alumnus Jeff Smith (MS ’88, Ph.D. ’04) was recently presented with the Kauffman Foundation’s Community Award in recognition of his successful efforts to improve the economic conditions of the citizens of Magote, a mountain village in Honduras. Kauffman Community Awards were created in 2002 to honor entrepreneurs who have made a significant difference in their communities and to recognize their valuable philanthropic contributions to society.

In 1993, Smith co-founded and served as president and CEO of OnRamp Technologies, a leading Internet Service Provider. The company grew to become one of the largest web-hosting companies in the world and a principal international ISP.

In 2002, he founded and became chief technical officer of SensorLogic, one of the industry's first Telemetry Service Providers (TSP). Located in Addison, SensorLogic assists companies with the remote monitoring, control and optimization of company assets. It is considered a pioneer in the emerging machine-to-machine communications market.

Smith is also the founder of EntreCorps.org, an Internet-based initiative to leverage successful entrepreneurs' mental and material assets on behalf of poor communities. It was through a church mission to Honduras in 1983 that led him to develop self-help programs for the citizens of Magote. A complete description of the programs and a video are available at the Kauffman Foundation’s web site.

Smith continues to be an active contributor to the UT Arlington College of Engineering. He serves on advisory boards for both the college and the Computer Science & Engineering Department, supports CSE scholarship funds and mentors engineering students. In 2003, the CSE Department named him its Distinguished Alumnus.

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