Black Digerati: Dr. Mark Dean

24Jan09
Dr. Mark Dean

Dr. Mark Dean

The next time you use a personal computer you can thank Dr. Mark Dean who co-invented components of the IBM computer. Dr. Mark Dean is vice president of the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California, and senior location executive for Silicon Valley. Dr. Dean 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, etc. An engineer by training, Dr. Dean has over 28 years with IBM where he has held several different technical, research and leadership positions. During his tenure at IBM, Dr. Dean has been central to the design of a wide range of IBM products.

Dr. Dean has also received numerous awards for his achievements including the highest  technical honor of being appointed a IBM Fellow in 1995. Dr. Dean has more than 40 patents pending approval which is an unprecedented for an African American engineer. In terms of his educational background, Dr. Dean received a BSEE degree from the University of Tennessee in 1979, an MSEE degree from Florida Atlantic University in 1982, and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

Dr. Dean is also very concerned about closing the global digital divide and more specifically the digital divide in the African-American community. In an rare interview Dr. Dean outline the below solutions that can be implemented to close the digital divide:

  1. Educate young people in math, science, IT, and the opportunities available to individuals with this knowledge
  2. Accept information technology in homes, community centers, churches, and businesses
  3. Implement a diverse IT workforce that mirrors the nation’s cultural landscape

” We must act now because all of the benefits of the information revolution awaits us”

– Dr. Mark Dean

Mikey Digital

Sources: The Black Digital Elite (pp 17-23), Wikipedia

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