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Jared M. Smith

Hi! I’m a Cyber Security Research Scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where I lead several projects of my own and collaborate on others with some of the best applied security researchers in the world. I am currently working on my PhD in Computer Science with a focus on computer security at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where I also received my BS in Computer Science. As an undergrad, I founded and led the first VolHacks, my university’s hackathon, raising 35k, hosting 23+ sponsors, and bringing in over 200 students in its first year. I also founded and led HackUTK, our university’s resident security club, growing it from four founders to over 90 active members and 6 sponsors in 1.5 years. I have also published at peer-reviewed academic venues, given a number of industry conference and meetup talks, and am an experienced software engineer capable of working across a variety of systems and languages.

I have significant experience in cyber security, from leading projects in pure and applied academic and industry research, to pentesting web applications, networks, and vehicles, to building tools. I work on cutting edge computer security R&D at Oak Ridge National Laboratory with previous
security experience at Cisco Systems and several security startups.

I am involved in research at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville ranging from Network Security to Big Data to Machine Learning. I founded and led my university’s student computer security organization, founded and led our first hackathon, and am continuing to build my publication track record.

I’m actively involved in thinking up the next great products. I’ve won many pitch competitions and technical hackathons, advised a number of high-growth and lifestyle startups, and actively mentor at the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center in my hometown.


  • Ph.D. 2020

    Ph.D. in Computer Science (In-Progress)

    University of Tennessee, Knoxville

  • M.S. 2017

    M.S. in Computer Science (In-Progress)

    University of Tennessee, Knoxville

  • B.S. 2013 - 2016

    B.S. in Computer Science

    University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Industry and Research Positions

See the about page for more positions I have held in industry.

"They wanted to be able to do something in a more exciting way than anyone believed possible and show 'Look how wonderful this is. I bet you didn't believe this could be done.'" - Richard Stallman

Featured Publications

Poster: Network Resiliency via Reactive Routing

Jared M. Smith, Max Schuchard
Network and Distributed Systems Security Symposium 2017
Publication year: 2017

The Impact of Analog Computational Error on an Analog Boolean Satisfiability Solver

David A Basford, Jared M Smith, R Joseph Connor, Bruce J MacLennan, Jeremy Holleman
Proceedings of the 38th International IEEE Symposium on Circuits and Systems
Publication year: 2016

Exploring a Framework for Identity and Attribute Linking Across Heterogeneous Data Systems

Nathan Wilder, Jared M. Smith, Audris Mockus
Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Big Data Software Engineering at the ACM International Conference on Software Engineering, 19-25
Publication year: 2016