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GMick Smith
Strayer University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

For almost 18 years, G. Mick Smith, PhD was CIO at Smith Consulting where he assisted numerous clients in the Philadelphia-Valley Forge and Delaware Valley area. Prior to his consulting career at an Internet start-up, at universities, in several corporations, and a non-profit, he was a professor of humanities at Hahnemann University where he developed on online History of World Medicine course in 1994; and, in 1997, he earned a Distance Learning Administrator Certificate from Texas A&M University and the Center for Distance Learning Research. He recently completed two certificates at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in their edX component, Design and Development of Educational Technology (2014) and Design and Development of Games for Learning (2015). In addition to his technology background, as an administrator, he earned two more certificates from the Jack Welch Management Institute: Creating a Winning Strategy (2015) and Becoming a Leader (2014).

Smith has published widely in gaming, educational technology, and in the history of computing, in addition to presenting academic papers at international, national, and regional conferences. His educational teaching runs the gamut, from universities to several private schools at the K-12 level. In addition, he publishes in Computing Reviews (of course!), as well as in Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, the Bryn Mawr Classical Journal, and the Medieval Review.

Smith earned his doctorate at UCLA in the history of religions and has been awarded two master’s degrees as well, one in history from UCLA and the other in historical theology from Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, CA). Also, he was a Johannes Quasten Scholar in Patristics from The Catholic University of America (Washington, DC). He is currently campus dean at the Christiana, DE Strayer University site, and previously he served at the King of Prussia and the Center City, PA Strayer locations.


Computing and the National Science Foundation, 1950 - 2016: building a foundation for modern computing
Freeman P., Adrion W., Aspray W., ACM, New York, NY, 2019. 1270 pp.  Type: Book

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is foundational to modern computing, and this organizational history incorporates oral histories and NSF documents to describe how NSF programs began and grew to become the primary funding agency o...


Early computing in Britain: Ferranti Ltd. and government funding, 1948 - 1958
Lavington S., Springer International Publishing, New York, NY, 2019. 392 pp.  Type: Book (978-3-030151-02-7)

For Britain at least, this volume addresses how computing transitioned as a technological innovation to become a commercial product. The innovative manufacturing company Ferranti Ltd. produced the first commercially available computers...


A systematic review for smart city data analytics
Moustaka V., Vakali A., Anthopoulos L. ACM Computing Surveys 51(5): 1-41, 2019.  Type: Article

Although the “smart city” can’t be easily defined, the growth of “smart” places is not slowing and therefore additional study is needed. In the Netherlands, four such places--E...


 Encounters with HCI pioneers: a personal history and photo journal
Shneiderman B., Morgan&Claypool Publishers, San Rafael, CA, 2019. 187 pp.  Type: Book (978-1-681734-78-1)

Personal computing really only emerged thanks to the ease of user experience design (UXD) and the discipline of human-computer interaction (HCI). In this volume, the author describes his personal democratizing experience with a small g...


Exploring the early digital
Haigh T., Springer International Publishing, New York, NY, 2019. 243 pp.  Type: Book (978-3-030021-51-1)

Early digital is the theme proffered here as an alternative to computers, or even the larger framework of computing, to understand computer history during the formative period of digitizing information. The work is in line with a host ...


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