2015 Tillman Scholar

Brian Smith

Harvard University

“I want to help others affected by TBI who want to regain lost function and reclaim their lives.”

A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Brian believes the highest form of service is safeguarding human life. During deployments overseas, he has recognized the responsibility of a leader to not only serve the organization but also its subordinates. This lesson has served as a guiding principle and informed his quest to earn his MBA at Harvard University and someday run a company that develops innovative medical solutions for those affected by traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Having suffered a TBI himself, it is Brian’s desire to empower veterans and others affected by these devastating injuries to lead fulfilling and productive lives. After his injury, Brian was fortunate to receive cutting-edge treatment and exceptional care from dedicated researchers and healthcare professionals, which has inspired him to explore how he might contribute to a relatively nascent but monumental effort to better diagnose, understand, and treat TBI. He believes his experience serving as the conduit between military personnel and the scientists responsible for mission-planning considerations in chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear environments will enable him to work as a critical bridge between the investors, researchers, and engineers necessary to develop new treatment methodologies.