Meet a Student

Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith (‘18’) from Rutland, MA was always interested in science and math. “I realized that computer science was a cool mixture of science and creativity and something that I might be good at.  I liked the idea of designing systems and coming up with my own solutions to solve problems.  Computer science is a good medium to do that," he said.  After interning at the UNH InterOperability Lab the summer of his junior year in high school, Smith was sold on coming to UNH.

Smith, a passionate entrepreneur, paved the way during his freshman year and became a founding member of TechX, a student run incubator aimed at growing ideas and bringing in guest speakers. He continued to pursue his entrepreneurial interests and later became involved in the ECenter, which encourages students, faculty, researchers, and alumni from all colleges and programs to come together to build positive and supportive ideas/innovation/entrepreneurial culture. Additionally, Smith helped drive the founding of the UNH Makerspace initiative, a community center outfitted with fabrication tools and equipment, and a community of “makers”. Smith saw this as a way to promote the democratization of engineering, design, fabrication, and education at UNH. Smith has been a contributing member to its continued growth and success and has helped give students the opportunity to have the tools needed to make innovative ideas a reality. This year, Smith became CTO of a startup called Pathlete – an innovative online platform for athletic recruitment.  Smith hopes to build this company throughout and after graduating. 

On top of his student activities, Smith works at the UNH InterOperability Lab and has quickly become an expert in Precision Time Protocol (PTP), and a lead developer in the AVnu Certification test tool, vIOLett, licensed to over 40 companies. As a result of his expertise in this area, he presented at an IEEE conference in Sweden that brings together the world’s leading experts on network-based precision time synchronization. “Stolkholm was beautiful and it was a great opportunity to be around very intelligent people at the conference,” Smith said.

When asked about his experience as a CS student, Smith replied “The Computer Science department at UNH has enabled me to grow intellectually in ways I never would have thought possible. I have been taught how to apply what I have learned to not only my work, but how I approach problems in the world around me...I have learned how to write software, how to communicate effectively, how to work as a leader, and how to assess the world around me intelligently.”

Outside of his extracurricular activities, working at the IOL and keeping his academics in focus, Smith makes time to snowboard and play intramural soccer. 

Written by Carolyn Kirkpatrick



Computer Science