Dr. Smyth earned a Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 2001. After postdoctoral work at the Institute for Advanced Study, Carnegie Mellon University, and M.I.T. he joined the UNCG faculty in 2008 as an Assistant Professor. His research is in discrete mathematics: including combinatorial probability, computational complexity, and discrete geometry.
His current projects include the generalization of the arithmetic-geometric mean inequality to means based on other symmetric functions, the generalization of Reimer's inequality in combinatorial probability, and a study of the effects of vector-host affinity on disease. This last project is part of UNCG's Math-Biology Program.