Jon Schmid is a doctoral candidate in the International Affairs, Science and Technology Program at Georgia Tech. He received a BA – Phi Beta Kappa – in Economics and International Affairs from American University and an MS in Finance from George Washington University (thesis: “Investor Preferences and the Volatility Smile.”)
Jon worked as a consultant for three years at an economic development consulting firm in Alexandria, VA. During this time he worked on World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, United Nations and USAID projects. Following his time as a consultant, Jon worked as a Research Assistant in the Department of Economics and Finance at the Columbia University Business School.
Jon is a Georgia Institute of Technology Presidential Fellow, a Coca-Cola Fellow, a Sam Nunn Security Fellow, and a Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Fellow. His research focuses on the determinants of national innovative productivity and military technology innovation. His research has been accepted in journals such as International Studies Quarterly, Defense and Peace Economics, Journal of Contemporary China, and Development in Practice.