ECE Distinguished Lecture Series with Dr. Nick Bowen

4:00 pm on Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Photonics Center, 8 Saint Mary’s St., Room 211

Technology Disruptions and Trends: The Next Decade

With Dr. Nick Bowen, Vice President of Software Appliances, IBM

Faculty Host: Martin Herbordt

Refreshments will be served outside Room 339 at 3:45 p.m.

About the Presentation: Looking around us, we are surrounded by a plethora of new technologies – smart phones, wi-fi everywhere, social networking, solid state disks, business analytics, and “smart” solutions – many of which barely existed a decade ago.

Predicting the changing landscape of technology is both an art and a science. In many cases, a deep understanding of the underlying science of the technology can be a useful gauge in predicting how the capability may evolve over time. However, predicting exactly when an emerging technology will explode in terms of broad adoption is an art at best.

IBM is about to celebrate its Centennial as a company – a rare feat for an information technology company. The IT industry is littered with roadkill as major trends, such as the PC Era, client server, and UNIX, come and go. IBM is a very unique company in that it has reinvented itself many times to remain a leader in the industry and in many cases set the agenda for the next eras in computing. Today, you will see that with IBM around areas such as business analytics, cloud computing, and Smart Planet solutions.

Dr. Nicholas Bowen has held several roles inside of IBM that involved understanding how changing technology will impact IBM business units. He will talk about some of the core drivers of technology changes, including the notion of disruptive technologies and how IBM has been able to maintain a long term focus on continual transformation in order to become an industry leader.

About the Speaker: Dr. Nicholas (Nick) Bowen was appointed the Vice President of Software Appliances at IBM in October 2010. He leads an effort in IBM's software division to drive a common hardware delivery model as well as optimize the ease of client experience with these products and drive innovation in terms of hardware-software optimization.

Prior to his current position, he was appointed Vice President of Technology in May 2008 where he led a group that reports to the Chairman of IBM on technology strategy and business opportunities for IBM. He also had corporate wide responsibilities for the technical community including technical recognition and appointments to IBM Fellow and Distinguished Engineer. He was also responsible for quality of all products and services, the development process and development transformation. Prior to that, in January 2007, he was appointed Vice President of Technical Strategy and Worldwide operations for IBM’s T. J. Watson Research Division which includes driving the creation of the Global Technology Outlook, leading the worldwide operations and I/S teams, and driving the research strategy, plan and measurement processes.

From 2000 to 2006 he held several executive positions within the IBM Systems & Technology Group (STG) including: vice president, software development, with responsibility for all server operating systems (zOS, AIX, i5OS, zVM, VSE, Linux), firmware development for IBM Systems z, i, p, and x, management software (IBM Systems Director) and hardware management systems (HMC, FSP); and chief technology officer and vice president of software architecture for the same group of products. His career started in IBM Research where he held many roles from Research Staff Member to the Executive leading the server research.

Nick’s career with IBM spans over 26 years and he has experience as a research scientist, leader of very large global development teams, and driving corporate wide strategy projects. He received the B.S. degree in computer science from the University of Vermont, a M.S. degree in computer engineering from Syracuse University, and the Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is a senior member of the IEEE and a member of ACM. He served on several Computer Science Advisory Boards and is currently on the IEEE Computer Society Industrial Advisory Board. His research interests are on operating systems and fault-tolerant computing.