Nexight Group is happy to welcome Morgan Smith to the team as our new Technical Consultant. He graduated with BS degrees in Ceramic Engineering and Computer Science and has an MS in Materials Science and Engineering. We sat down with Morgan to ask him a few questions about himself, his views, and his new role at Nexight.
Tell us a little about yourself.
My educational background is in materials engineering and computer science. I enjoy studying developments in science and technology. In 2006, I got a job with a management consulting company working on energy technologies. Since then, I have enjoyed working on projects covering a wide variety of technologies including renewable power generation, energy efficiency, and sustainable manufacturing. One of my favorite projects was working on the new GeoVision study for the Department of Energy’s Geothermal Technologies Office. Geothermal power technology has a complex set of technical and policy considerations that need good engineering and management developments to maximize its potential. It is at a key developmental stage where it has tons of potential for both new applications and national impacts.
When I am not working I am hanging out with my family taking care of our two boys, doing handyman work, watching and reviewing movies, and playing board games.
Why did you decide to join Nexight Group?
Over the course of my career, I have appreciated most the work that I feel contributes to progress for the nation and the world. Nexight’s work in energy, infrastructure, and cyber security is exactly the kind of work I wanted to support.
Why did you decide to also pursue a Computer Science degree?
I became interested in the topic when taking it as a technical elective within my engineering program. I found out I really enjoyed the problem-solving nature—assessing the needs of an issue or program, designing a set of functions, coding them effectively, and then repeating the process to expand and improve the functionality. It also might be a genetic thing, as my dad programmed for IBM for 25 years.
What are you most looking forward to about your new role?
With my engineering and programming background, I find the technical issues of cyber security interesting. But, more importantly, cyber security is an issue that will likely never be “solved,” and is a concern that is only increasing in importance. I am looking forward to learning more about and contributing to this area.