Boca Raton, FL
26 May 2004:
IBM today announced that five of its top innovators have been named IBM Fellow - the company's most prestigious technical honor. This year's honorees range from one of the world's leading experts in the study of nanoscale materials to an innovator whose technologies are helping to transform the cellular phone industry.
"Innovation is the engine that powers IBM," said Nick Donofrio, IBM senior vice president, technology and manufacturing. "Our history is rich with world-class minds that have pioneered entirely new ways of doing business and invented thousands of new products that have transformed industry and society alike. These five new IBM Fellows have distinguished themselves as being among the best and brightest innovators in the world."
The new Fellows are among 461 IBM innovators converging from across the globe in Boca Raton, Florida this week to be honored at IBM's annual Corporate Technical Recognition Event, CTRE.
The five new IBM Fellows are:
- Phaedon Avouris (IBM Research, Yorktown Heights, NY) is a pioneer in nanoscience and nanotechnology. Dr. Avouris' innovations have created the potential for carbon nanotubes to compete with the long-established silicon transistor for important information technology applications. He has demonstrated fully functional transistors based on a single carbon nanotube molecule that is about 50,000 times thinner than a human hair. He also demonstrated an electrically induced and controlled light source based on a single nanotube molecule.
- Curt Cotner (Software Group, Silicon Valley Lab) is considered one of the leading innovators in the relational database field and is the chief architect of DB2 for z/OS and OS/390, the cornerstone of IBM's relational database products. He is recognized for inventing more efficient communications procedures within DB2 and he is the leader and architect of database connectivity for IBM's WebSphere product family.
- David Harame (Systems and Technology Group, Burlington, VT) led IBM's commercialization of silicon germanium (SiGe) from the early stages of materials investigations to commercial manufactured BiFET and BiCMOS technologies. These innovations are a driving force behind the explosion in low-cost, lightweight, personal communications devices, such as digital wireless handsets.
- Audrey Helffrich (Systems and Technology Group, Poughkeepsie, NY) led the hardware strategy for IBM's successful transition from bipolar to CMOS on the mainframe in the 1990's. She's an expert across a range of high-end system technologies and has led efforts from extremely complicated technologies with Parallel Sysplex on the IBM eServer zSeries to the implementation of industry standard technologies like InfiniBand.
- Kevin Stoodley (Software Group, Toronto, Canada) is recognized worldwide as a leader in compiler technology (programs that translate source code into object code). He provides strategic and technical direction of IBM's compiler and related technologies ensuring that IBM processors, compilers and software work together to deliver leadership performance, scalability and robustness. He works at the forefront of IBM's static/dynamic compilation strategy.
The title of IBM Fellow is the company's most preeminent technical distinction and is granted in recognition of outstanding and sustained technical achievements in engineering, programming, science and technology. The distinction of IBM Fellow has been earned by only 180 individuals in the past 41 years, 59 are active employees including the newly-named Fellows. IBM Fellows are given freedom and flexibility to pursue creative achievements and typically work on special projects or research initiatives that lead the company in exciting new directions.
CTRE honors individual and team contributions that make IBM an innovation powerhouse. In addition to the new IBM Fellows, the other CTRE honors this year include:
- Corporate and Patent Portfolio Awards. US $3.1 million in awards will be presented to 21 groups of employees whose innovations and unique technical achievements have yielded exceptional value for customers and the company.
- Major Outstanding Innovation and Major Outstanding Technical Achievement Awards. Special recognition will be given to the top 209 recipients of two prestigious divisional awards - the Outstanding Innovation Award (OIA) and the Outstanding Technical Achievement Award (OTAA) - for developing innovations and technical achievements.
- External Honors. Fifteen IBM professionals who have earned prestigious technical recognition from professional societies, universities and academies will be recognized.
- Leading Inventors. Nine IBM inventors will be commended for having the largest number of patents issued to their credit in 2003.
- New Distinguished Engineers. Sixty-two Distinguished Engineers - employees who have proven themselves as the leading applied experts in their fields - will step up to the podium.
- New Members of the IBM Academy of Technology. Members of the Academy are among IBM's top technical leaders; 31 employees recently inducted to this prestigious organization will be honored at CTRE.