CIS Alumna Christine Smith Receives Gold Stevie Award
At the recent American Business Awards, JMU Computer Information Systems alumna Christine Smith was the recipient of the Gold Stevie Award for the Technical Professional of the Year.
Each year, over 200 company executives judge nominations for the American Business Awards. The Stevie Award recognizes the contributions and achievements from some of the most influential organizations and individual professionals worldwide. To receive such recognition is one of the highest, most coveted honors in the world.
While at JMU, Smith was an active member of the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP), where she provided steady leadership. Smith was also a member of the JMU honors program, completing an honors thesis in CIS. CIS professor Dr. Tom Dillon taught Smith’s first CIS course, the introductory Computer Information Systems course, and he also served as a reader on her thesis. According to Dillon, Smith continues to help enhance JMU. He explains, “Christine is an active alum that regularly participates as a mentor in the fall IT Consulting course. As a mentor, she guides a three-person student team through a consulting project to help students gain practical knowledge from her expertise and experience in the field. The students often comment that her technical knowledge is outstanding and that she is a great mentor.”
Since 2009, Smith has worked for DRC—a leading company aimed at delivering solutions and services for our local, state and federal government. Smith has continually established herself as one of the top performers in the company. Currently, Smith is working as a software test engineer on the Secure Payment System (SPS)—a project for the Financial Management Service of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. As the primary disburser of federal payments, the SPS enables individual agencies to securely request payment from the Treasury. This system is one of the most highly secure systems used by the federal government, and Smith’s hard work and dedication help the SPS remain that way.
In addition to her role as a software engineer, Smith also works as an analyst and developer for DRC—she drafts and executes test cases, designs tools, maintains the environment of the lab, and analyzes current company procedure and policy.
Smith contributes to DRC outside of the office as well. In addition to attending career fairs on behalf of DRC to recruit potential hires, Smith participates in community service and outreach as one of the faces of DRC. Serving as co-chair of DRC’s volunteer focus group on improving company morale, Smith has organized the company picnic for three consecutive years. In 2012, she was named the Employee of the Year at DRC—and somehow, Smithhas managed to do all of this while also completing her Master’s degree in Information Technology, which she received in 2012.
It is clear that Christine’s dedication to enhancing the corporate community at DRC, her heightened attention to detail and organization, her skills in time management and prioritization, as well as her ability to balance work and school have made her an asset to DRC—and the American Business Awards have given her the public recognition she deserves.
Smith has worked hard for this award, and the College of Business congratulates her.