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Michael Smith teaches several classes, including Spreadsheet Modeling 4803, which was developed in response to the needs of both students and employers.
Michael Smith teaches several classes, including Spreadsheet Modeling 4803, which was developed in response to the needs of both students and employers.
Smith said that one tip for keeping students engaged is to find something they already know, and link it to what he is trying to teach them.
Smith said that one tip for keeping students engaged is to find something they already know, and link it to what he is trying to teach them.

Michael Smith calls himself a “triple dipper” because he has three degrees from Georgia Tech.

First, Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science. After working in the software industry in support of manufacturing for a couple of years, he found himself very successful but in a rut. So, he enrolled in Tech’s full-time Master of Science in Management program to get a broader base in business.

As his second graduation approached, he interviewed with consulting firms, but he was not interested in returning to the world of 80 percent travel. He wanted more control over his time, so he entered Georgia Tech’s Ph.D. Program.

After receiving the Ph.D. in Management from Tech, he taught at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and at High Point University for several years before returning to his alma mater to become a lecturer at the Scheller College of Business. That was three years ago.

“No one I know over the age of 50 is doing what they thought they would be doing when they were 20,” he said.


Read the full story to see what strategies Smith is using to reach students in the Scheller College classroom.

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