ScienceTALK is a Lecture series focusing on recent developments in the fields of Mathematics and Science.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Photo of Gary SmithGary Smith (SPSU ‘06)
Field Service Engineer at Daktronics

"Connecting Classroom Experiences with Real-World Careers"

2:00 - 3:00 pm
Joe Mack Wilson Student Center, Ballroom A & B
Kennesaw State University - Marietta Campus, Building A

About the Talk

Classroom concepts and lab project activities at Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU) - developed a foundation and prepared Gary Smith to begin an internship leading to a career with Daktronics, the world's industry leader of programmable large video displays. The talk will be about how a display board is made from concept to finish and how the actual install of the oversize video displays are accomplished in the field. Smith was on the team supervising installation of the world's largest Halo Display at the Mercedes Benz Stadium project in Atlanta. He has been a part of several hometown installations including the KSU Convocation Center, KSU Football stadium, among other local universities and a current project in Athens for the football stadium.

Speaker Bio

Gary Smith began his career with Daktronics in May 2005. In 2006, Smith earned his degree in computer engineering technology from Southern Polytechnic State University. He is currently a Field Service Engineer/Installation Supervisor in the Live Events market. His current responsibilities consist of coordinating with all the subcontractors and electricians, and serving as the liaison on-site during all phases of installation. Smith’s enthusiasm is authentic, "We go to customers sites and start with a blank canvas. We build these large video screens and then get to see 93,000 fans see our hard work. There is nothing like it!"