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Jason McC. Smith received his Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2005 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where the Elemental Design Patterns were born as part of the System for Pattern Query and Recognition (SPQR) project. He then spent four years at IBM Watson Research with the opportunity to apply the lessons of SPQR and the EDP catalog and compositional approach to immense bodies of software, both legacy and modern. Dr. Smith is currently Senior Research Scientist at The Software Revolution, Inc. in Kirkland, WA, where he continues to refine the EDP catalog and look for ways to enhance the company's goal of automated modernization and transformation of legacy systems.