Ben Smith is software developer currently working on IBM Blockchain, IBM's commercially provided version of The Hyperledger Project. Ben joined IBM in 2012, and works at IBM's Research Triangle Park location in North Carolina. Ben started work at IBM with IBM Bluemix, IBM's platform for infrastructure, platform, and software services in cloud. Ben helped stand up the initial instance of Bluemix, and worked with the WebSphere team to integrate WebSphere Liberty into Bluemix through developing and contributing to the IBM WebSphere Liberty Buildpack, the tool that helps WebSphere users run their apps in the new Bluemix infrastructure.
Ben is a recipient of the IBM PhD Fellowship for 2010 and 2011. He received his Bachelor's in Computer Science in May of 2007, and received his Master's of Science in Computer Science in May of 2009. He received his Doctorate in Computer Science in 2012, advised by Dr. Laurie Williams at North Carolina State University.
Ben currently works on a team of developers who provide the IBM Bluemix Blockchain Service, which allows users to spin up a Hyperledger Blockchain network with one click. After users have started their network, they can experiment and begin development of Blockchain applications.
Ben also offers his expertise in data collection and analysis to medical researchers. He participated in a collaborative research project that analyzed the prevalence of sleep apnea in truck drivers. He has also participated in another project that examined the sleep patterns of undergraduate students in a sleeping and wellness course at a major public university.
Ben is also a musician, and has been playing piano since high school. He experiments with home recording and is working on writing an album. Some of his music can be found on bandcamp. Ben enjoys hiking and experimenting with Raspberry Pi in his free time.