Brian K Smith is the Honorable David S. Nelson Professor and Associate Dean of Research at Boston College's Lynch School of Education and Human Development. His research focuses on designing computational environments to support and augment human performance and learning in and outside of schools. He is an Apple Distinguished Educator and has received the Jan Hawkins Award for Early Career Contributions to Humanistic Research and Scholarship in Learning Technologies from the American Education Research Association and a National Science Foundation Early Career Development Award. Before Boston College, Smith was Professor and Senior Academic Dean of Academic Affairs at Drexel University's College of Computing and Informatics. In that role, he helped create new models of graduate education and industry partnerships and initiatives to broaden participation in computing. Prior to Drexel, he was Dean of Rhode Island School of Design Continuing Education (RISD|CE), where he oversaw the development of art and design programs for youth and adults and was a co-investigator of RISD's STEM to STEAM initiative. Smith worked as a program director at the National Science Foundation’s Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings in 2017-18 and currently works with them as an intermittent expert.