Mark  Dean

Mark Dean

IBM Research

Dr. Mark Dean is an IBM Fellow and vice president at the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California. At this lab he oversees more than 400 scientists and engineers doing exploratory and applied research in various hardware, software and services areas, including nanotechnology, materials science, storage systems, data management, web technologies, workplace practices and user interfaces. An engineer by training, Dr. Dean has more than 25 years experience in the IT industry -- all with IBM -- where he has been central to the design of wide range of IBM computers.

Dr. Dean has held various positions in several different cities and IBM divisions for the past two decades. Prior to leading the Almaden lab in 2004, Dr. Dean was vice president for hardware and systems architecture in IBM's Systems and Technology Group (STG) in Tucson, Arizona. While there, he significantly enhanced STG's hardware and systems strategy and architectures to support continued market share growth and industry leadership in IBM's server and storage systems business. Before STG, Dr. Dean was a vice president in IBM's Storage Technology Group, focused on the company's storage systems strategy and technology roadmap.

Prior to his time in Tuscon, Dr. Dean was the vice president for Systems Research at IBM's Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York 2000-2002. In this role, he was responsible for the research and application of systems technologies spanning circuits to operating environments. Key technologies from his research team include petaflop supercomputer systems structures (Blue Gene), digital visualization, design automation tools, Linux optimizations for servers and embedded systems, algorithms for computational science, memory compression, S/390 & PowerPC processors, embedded systems research, formal verification methods and high-speed low-power circuits.

In 1997 Dean was named to be both director of the Austin Research Laboratory and director of Advanced Technology Development for the IBM Enterprise Server Group. Achievements there included testing of the first gigahertz CMOS microprocessor, design of a high-speed DRAM and development of the "cellular" server architecture, which is optimized for managing, storing, searching, distributing and mining complex data (such as video, audio and high-resolution images).

Before this, Dr. Dean held several engineering positions at IBM in the area of computer system hardware architecture and design in Boca Raton, Florida, and Austin, Texas. He has developed all types of computer systems, from embedded systems to supercomputers. He was also chief engineer for the development of the IBM PC/AT, ISA systems bus, PS/2 Model 70 & 80, the Color Graphics Adapter in the original IBM PC and numerous other subsystems. One invention -- the Industry Standard Architecture (ISA) "bus," which permitted add-on devices like the keyboard, disk drives and printers to be connected to the motherboard -- would earn election to the National Inventors Hall of Fame for Dean and colleague Dennis Moeller.

Dr. Dean received a BSEE degree from the University of Tennessee in 1979, a MSEE degree from Florida Atlantic University in 1982, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1992. He has papers published in the IEEE Computer Society Press, MIT Press, and IBM Journal of Research and Development.

Dr. Dean's most recent awards include: member of the American Academy of Arts and Science, National Academy of Engineering, IEEE Fellow, the Black Engineer of the Year Award from the publishers of US Black Engineer magazine, the NSBE Distinguished Engineer award, the U.S. Department of Commerce's Ronald H. Brown American Innovator Award and induction into the National Inventor's Hall of Fame in Akron, Ohio. In 1995, Dr. Dean was appointed to IBM Fellow, IBM's highest technical honor. He is also a member of the IBM Academy of Technology. He has received several academic and IBM awards, including 13 Invention Achievement Awards and six Corporate Awards. Dr. Dean has more than 40 patents or patents pending.