Dozens of scientists, hundreds of technicians and thousands of volunteers helped launch World Community Grid in 2004 and help keep it running today. After both internal and external technical and scientific reviews, projects are selected on merit, and scientists from around the world conduct the actual research. The team from IBM “grid-enables” the research, and keeps the systems and processes running securely and smoothly.
Stanley S. Litow is vice president of IBM Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs. He heads the company’s corporate citizenship and corporate social responsibility efforts, including World Community Grid. Under his leadership, IBM has been widely regarded as a global leader in corporate social responsibility, and prized for its societal and environmental leadership.
Robin WillnerVice President, Global Community Initiatives, IBM
Robin Willner is responsible for bringing IBM’s cutting edge technology and talent to social and educational problems that improve the quality of life in communities towards a Smarter Planet. She oversees a range of technology innovations, economic development programs, school reform and leadership development programs such as City Forward, Corporate Service Corps, Transition to Teaching, World Community Grid, Small Business Toolkit, TryScience and Reading Companion plus coordinates IBM’s humanitarian disaster response around the globe.
IBM Distinguished Engineer Joseph Jasinski is responsible for assuring that real science is being conducted on the grid. He serves as a spokesperson for the IBM scientific community regarding World Community Grid. Dr. Jasinski graduated from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire in 1976 with an AB in mathematics and chemistry. He received a PhD in chemistry from Stanford University in California in 1980. Following post-doctoral work at the University of California—Berkeley, he joined IBM as a research staff member in 1982.
Viktors Berstis is an IBM Master Inventor and is the technical lead, architect and lead scientist for World Community Grid. Berstis works with World Community Grid researchers every day, and helps assure that projects run smoothly and that the systems are working properly. Berstis was born in Germany and earned his master of science from the University of Michigan.
Bill Bovermann is an executive project manager with IBM Global Business Services. He is also currently working with IBM Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs and is responsible for the day-to-day oversight of World Community Grid. Bovermann received his bachelor of business administration from New Mexico State University, and has a professional project management certification. He has been responsible for World Community Grid since its inception in 2004.
Nick Donofrio was head of IBM Research and an executive vice president when World Community Grid was proposed. He became the executive sponsor of the project and was an ardent supporter both within and outside the company. Donofrio has bachelor and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering. Donofrio retired from IBM in 2008.
Linda Sanford was a long-time executive sponsor of the World Community Grid project at IBM. She is currently senior vice president for enterprise on demand transformation and information technology. Sanford is a graduate of St. John’s University in New York, and earned an MS in operations research from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.