Jay Smith

Affiliated Faculty Member; Director, Honors College Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program
Jay A.Smith, MBA is the Director of the University of Maryland Honors College Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program (www.EIP.umd.edu), a national award-winning living-learning program for first and second year students from all disciplines, and is a lecturer in UMD's Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (www.Mtech.umd.edu).  Mr. Smith joined the University of Maryland in 2010 after serving as Associate Professor of the Inamori Academy of Kagoshima (National) University in southern Japan,  a program endowed by the founder of Kyocera Corporation, and the Inamori Foundation, the benefactor of the Kyoto Prizes. 
 
Prior to entering academia, Mr. Smith worked for 14 years ias a consultant, investment banker and venture entrepreneur in New York, San Francisco and Tokyo. As a consultant, he successfully completed market development, operations, acquisition and strategy assignments in the U.S., Japan, Russia and Europe for major technology and industrial companies. As a corporate finance professional with Jefferies & Company, he helped raise over $400 million for technology and media businesses, and evaluated numerous venture investment opportunities for the firm. In Tokyo during the 1990s, he co-founded a multi-million dollar technology, creative services, and media business, with a diverse multinational staff and clients including the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, Citibank, Coca-Cola, Compaq, IBM, Motorola, and Japanese partners including NTT and Japan Telecom.  

Mr. Smith holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, with focus on entrepreneurship and the management of technology. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Rutgers University, with High Honors and dual majors in Economics and Physics.