IBM Honors 11 New Fellows in 2017. L-R: Hugo Krawkzyk, Sridhar Muppidi, Rachel Reinitz, Sam Lightstone, Ed Calusinski, Eric Herness, Matthias Steffen, Dakshi Agrawal, Matt Huras, Hillery Hunter, Charlie Hill
IBM named Thursday 11 new IBM Fellows, the company’s highest technical honor. The new Fellows are being celebrated for leading innovative work in cognitive computing, cloud, security and design.
The IBM Fellow honor is conferred to IBMers in recognition of exceptional and sustained technical achievements and leadership in engineering, programming, services, science, technology, design and industry solutions.
“IBM’s continued commitment to research and innovation has been an engine for scientific, technological and societal progress, and for our company’s success for more than 100 years,” said Ginni Rometty, IBM chairman, president and CEO.
“This year’s extraordinary group of new IBM Fellows, whose breakthroughs have had a material impact on our leadership in cloud, cognitive, security and quantum, demonstrate once again the critical role our company plays in tackling the world’s toughest problems and developing the next generation of leaders.”
This year’s class of IBM Fellows are transforming business and society via a range of technical advancements, developments and research.
To be awarded IBM’s technical honor, an employee must meet four important criteria:
Sustained innovation in some of the world’s most important technologies
Significant recognition as a leader among IBM’s technical communities
Broad industry acknowledgement of the individual’s accomplishments
A strong history of new technologies and business models being deployed at scale
IBM’s Fellow program was founded in 1963 by Thomas J. Watson, Jr. to promote creativity among the company’s most exceptional technical professionals.
IBM has named 289 Fellows since the program’s inception. IBM Fellows have been granted five Nobel Prize winners, one Kyoto Prize winner and one Presidential Medal of Freedom. Collectively, the 11 new Fellows have 296 patents.