Michael Smith has more than 15 years of experience in analytics, strategy, innovation, and project/program management. Michael currently advises several U.S. Department of Defense clients on how to adapt emerging data science practices to improve performance. At the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Michael successfully led a team of computational scientists and learning researchers to develop a novel approach to course effectiveness evaluation using simulation, pattern recognition, and factor analysis. The project resulted in a number of peer-reviewed publications and a book chapter. Michael's study at a U.S. Air Force Major Command led to a series of organizational changes and leadership initiatives to modernize learning practices and instill a culture of innovation.
Michael regularly publishes and presents on the topics of data science, analytics, and other emerging technologies. He helped develop the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science's (INFORMS) industry-leading credential for analytics, the Certified Analytics Professional (CAP), as part of the inaugural examination group. He was also a study guide author (2014). Michael holds a master's of public policy from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Arts in international economics from Longwood University.