York Smith

York Smith is a Research and Development Engineer with Nanosynth Materials and Sensors, a startup company out of the University of Utah developing inexpensive and robust sensor materials for non-invasive health diagnosis and environmental monitoring. Currently a large focus at Nanosynth is the development of a cost effective handheld breathalyzer for tuberculosis diagnosis in developing nations.

Smith moved from his small hometown of Charlevoix, Michigan to Reno, Nevada in 2004. For the better part of a decade, Reno was his home where received a B.S and M.S. in chemical engineering from University of Nevada, Reno. Smith has received awards for business and technology development from the Donald W. Reynolds Governors Cup and Lt. Governors Cup Competitions (NV, 2009-2011), as well as the Utah Entrepreneurial Challenge (UT, 2012) and National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition-CU Cleantech Regional (CO, 2013). Smith has published 23 scientific journal articles and a book chapter in the areas of synthesis and energy conversion applications of nanomaterials and is currently finalizing his Ph.D. in metallurgical engineering at the University of Utah.