Aaron Smith standing on the National Mall in Washington DC with the Capitol Building in the background

Hi. I'm Aaron.

I am a 27-year-old computer science Ph.D. student at UNC researching video compression.

I was born in Worcester, MA, grew up in Myrtle Beach, SC, and now live in Chapel Hill, NC.

I prefer colder climates. Seattle, Washington DC, and Boston are my favorite US cities.

I graduated from Coastal Carolina University in May 2014 and earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics.

I graduated with a 4.0 GPA and received the 2014 Distinguished Student Award.

After undergrad, I moved to North Carolina to pursue a Ph.D. at UNC in Chapel Hill. I'm currently a Research Assistant working with Ketan Mayer-Patel. My dissertation is on video transrating techniques.

I also help teach at UNC. I help instruct our Java CS2 course as well as Introduction to Web Programming.

I developed My Digital Hand to improve student-led office hours in large CS courses like those at UNC.

In my free time, I like to tinker with software, play video games, follow politics, hang out at bars, watch sports (go Heels!), and travel.

I have many interests! Here are a few:

  • entrepreneurship
  • pedagogy
  • physics
  • web development
  • software design
  • politics
  • video games
  • NFL
  • coffee
  • philosophy

...and here are some technologies I love:

  • EmberJS
  • Visual Studio
  • PostgreSQL
  • AWS
  • Python
  • Font Awesome
  • Bootstrap 4
  • HEVC
  • C / C++
  • Ruby on Rails

Want to stay in touch, grab a coffee, or have a conversation? Here's how to reach me.