Hi everyone, my name is Robert Smith and I’m a Program Manager with the Windows Embedded team. For those of you who have diligently followed my career, I was an intern with the team during the summers of 2006 and 2007, and now I’m back full time. Currently, I’m responsible for some of our installation and servicing tools for the next generation of Windows Embedded.
I’m originally from Lafayette, Louisiana, though most people don’t originally believe that, as I have luckily escaped the curse of the southern accent. I stayed in Louisiana through high school, and then decided to take a trip across the country to Rochester, NY, where I graduated in Software Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
I got my official start in computers around 4th or 5th grade with sort of an “enrichment” class, where I got to try out some BASIC programming, complete with tons of line numbering and GOTO statements. Later down the road, I built my first computer from off the shelf parts, and thought that was pretty cool, so I had to make the decision between focusing on continuing my education in hardware or software. After a faulty power supply fried $500 worth of my parts in my newly created box, I decided software was for me.
On a more personal side, I like to spend my free time hanging out with friends, playing video games, watching movies, taking pictures, and enjoying life with my wonderful fiancée.