IBM Names 11 Fellows As Analytics Dominates Discussion
April 7, 2014 Alex Woodie
IBM unveiled its latest crop of Fellows last week, eight men and three women who’s technical achievement brought them the honor. None of the newly minted Fellows worked directly with IBM i, Power Systems, or the Rochester, Minnesota lab, as many of the this year’s Fellows are leaders in analytics and related fields.
Thomas Watson created the IBM Fellows program 51 years ago to reward the exceptional achievement of scientists, engineers, and developers. Over that time, only 257 IBMers have received the distinction, and just 87 of them are still with the company. This year’s banner crop of Fellows has 283 patents among them, eight PhDs, 188 years of combined IBM experience, and numerous awards.
The 2014 Fellows are:
The Fellows are representatives of IBM’s huge, $6 billion annual commitment to R&D, according to Ginni Rometty, IBM president, CEO, and chairman. “The 2014 IBM Fellows join a distinguished group of leaders in science and technology, not only in our own company, but in our industry and academia. They are innovators at the forefront of data, analytics, cloud, mobile and the other historic technical innovations that are changing business and society today.”
It won’t be all rainbows and unicorns for this year’s Fellows, who have been drafted into IBM’s Technology Ambassador initiative to spread the love of technology around the world. This year’s group will fan out to all corners of the globe, including Argentina, Algeria, Bulgaria, Chile, Czech Republic, Malaysia, Mexico, Norway, Peru, Singapore, and Turkey.