Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) recently held an engaging meeting with Co-Inventor of the IBM PC, Dr Mark Dean. Dr Dean is IBM’s Chief Technology Officer for the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region. But who really is Mark Dean?
Dean, a computer engineer, was the first African American to be honored with IBM Fellowship. Dr. Dean has over 32 years with IBM, and has been central to the design of a wide range of IBM products. He has more than 40 patents or patents pending. He led the team that developed the ISA bus, and he led the design team responsible for creating the first one-gigahertz computer processor chip.
In his role as CTO MEA, he is responsible for technical strategy, technical skills development and exploring new technology based solutions for the region. Such responsibilities include the development of solutions specific for the emerging needs of the businesses and cultures in industry segments such as mobile services (banking, healthcare, education, government), natural resource management (oil, gas, mining, forest, water), cloud based business services, and security (fraud protection, risk management, privacy, cybersecurity). He is also expected to support technologies for traditional industries like banking, telecommunications, oil & gas, government, healthcare and education. Included in his mandate is the development of a skills development strategy to facilitate the significant growth of IBM’s business presence in the region as well as economic growth of businesses through the use of information technology.
Dr. Dean has held various positions in several different cities and IBM divisions. In his previous role, Dr. Dean was vice president World Wide Strategy and Operations for IBM Research. In this role, he set the direction of IBM’s overall Research Strategy across eight worldwide labs. The IBM Research division supports 3000 scientist and engineers doing exploratory and applied research in all engineering and science disciplines. IBM Research is regarded as one of the most diverse and productive industrial research operation in the world.
Dr Dean has no doubt been outstanding as a Research and Innovation leader. However, his most significant impact globally has been through his technical excellence and achievements. During his fruitful and rewarding career, he has developed all types of computer systems, from embedded systems to supercomputers, including testing of the first gigahertz CMOS microprocessor, and establishing the team that developed the Blue Gene supercomputer. 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. Amazingly he holds three of the nine patents for the original IBM PC. The invention of the Industry Standard Architecture (ISA) “bus,” which allowed add-on devices like the keyboard, disk drives and printers to be connected to the motherboard earned him and his colleague Dennis Moeller election to the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
Big Salute to this great African American Inventor! Wishing him even more progress!
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