Vice President of Engineering
Matt Smithson is Vice President of Engineering at the Heating and Air Conditioning Division of Mitsubishi Electric US Inc. (MEUS). Originally a founding member of the division’s Controls Engineering department, he now leads the Solutions Development Center, including product development, testing, compliance, and quality assurance initiatives.
Smithson’s primary responsibilities include the creation, advancement and execution of the organization’s product development strategy as well as long-term strategic capital and human resource planning. His key contributions include early recognition and mitigation of product development risks and ensuring that development activities are aligned with manufacturing, sales, applications, and service departments.
Smithson joined Mitsubishi Electric’s Cooling & Heating Division in September 2012. Prior to that, he designed embedded systems for the National Security Agency and supported the Federal Bureau of Investigation, where he assisted computer intrusion investigations through malware reverse-engineering and network intrusion analysis.
Smithson earned a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a master’s degree in computer science from Johns Hopkins University and a master’s degree in business administration from Auburn University.
He pursued a Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Maryland, where his research on binary rewriting was awarded the Jeremy Lin Award for Innovation. To date, he has eleven peer-reviewed publications and holds five patents.