Buffalo Native And City Honors Graduate Is Nation's New Technology Guru
Earlier today The White House announced President Obama's pick of former Google Executive Megan Smith as the nation's new Chief of Technology Officer.
In a statement the President said: "Megan has spent her career leading talented teams and taking cutting-edge technology and innovation initiatives from concept to design to deployment. I am confident that in her new role as America's Chief Technology Officer, she will put her long record of leadership and exceptional skills to work on behalf of the American people. I am grateful for her commitment to serve, and I look forward to working with her and with our new Deputy U.S. CTO, Alexander Macgillivray, in the weeks and months ahead."
Smith is a Buffalo native and graduate of City Honors.
According to Smith's Wikipedia entry:
A native of Buffalo, New York, Smith graduated from City Honors School in 1982. She went on to receive her SB in 1986 and an SM in 1988, both in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, and completed her Master's thesis work at the MIT Media Lab. She was a member of the MIT student team that designed, built and raced a solar car 2000 miles across the Australian outback in the first cross-continental solar car race.
With any luck, Smith's new-found fame will help boost Buffalo's tech credentials and growing startup scene - which include the likes of 43North, which organizes a $5 million worldwide startup competition here in the Queen City, co-working space digBuffalo and technology incubator Z80 Labs.