Fred Smith

Senior Technologist

CDC

Fred Smith currently serves as Team Lead for the Interactive Media Technology Team in the Division of News and Electronic Media in the Office of the Associate Director for Communication for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Altanta, GA. His professional background spans various capacities throughout the governmental, private, nonprofit and academic sectors. He has led multiple student exchange groups to the Soviet Union and continued to work in student exchange programs in Russia and the New Independent States. While working on his dissertation, Mr. Smith taught Russian at the University of Kentucky and worked in the Kazakh-American Studies Center. After that, he spent three years with the Eurasia Foundation in Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and the countries in Central Asia where he developed and managed the offices for 5 countries and awarded over $3 million in grants for economic and democratic reform projects. Returning to the US in early 1997, Mr. Smith co-founded a small company that specialized in database-driven dynamic Web applications, where he lead development efforts in interactive Web sites, mobile applications, and database projects. In 2005 he settled in Atlanta, Georgia and began working at the CDC doing web and application development, working with their new media efforts to find ways to effectively communicate health protection and promotion messages to the public through new channels, such as podcasts, eCards, widgets, and content syndication. Mr. Smith earned BA in Russian Language and Literature from the University of Kentucky, an MA in Russian Literature and Linguistics and is completing a PhD in Russian Literature from the Ohio State University.