IBM Academy of Technology

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IBM Academy of Technology
IBM Academy logo 150.jpg
Formation 1989
Headquarters Somers, NY
Andrea Martin

The IBM Academy of Technology was founded in 1989 and modeled after the US National Academies of Sciences and Engineering. It focuses on the technical underpinnings of IBM’s future. Its membership consists of over 800 of IBM's top technical leaders from around the world who are working in research, hardware and software development, manufacturing, applications, and services.

Members are selected to the Academy by their peers in recognition of their technical excellence and leadership. Membership is an honour, but also carries with it important responsibilities. Primarily, to engage in Academy-sponsored activities and to promote technical growth IBM-wide.


The Academy is a society of IBM technical leaders organized to:

  • advance the understanding of key technical areas,
  • improve communications in and development IBM's global technical community, and
  • engage clients in technical pursuits of mutual value.

The Academy organization is global and independent. It is basically a self-governing entity with broad latitude to decide which technical activities it will pursue. There is a fine line between independence and irrelevance. For this reason, strong links are maintained with both the IBM executive team and the overall technical community.

The Academy focuses on "clear space" opportunities, inter-divisional topics and cross-functional issues. It strives for integration of business and technology strategy. The subjects of its activities run well beyond research and development.[1]


The Academy publishes a series of TechNotes, written by the members and exploring various areas of current and emerging technology.

The Academy also holds THINK series which aims to help the next generation of technologists making a lifelong connection with the love of science, technology and the unimaginable possibilities they offer. The past events include Big Brains and Where do you see yourself in five years?.

Past Presidents[edit]

  • 1989 Ed Sussenguth
  • 1990 Dick Chu
  • 1991 Al Cutaia
  • 1992 Rick Dill
  • 1993 Jim Brady
  • 1994 Fran Allen
  • 1995 Russ Lange
  • 1996 Fred Ris
  • 1997 Bob Guernsey
  • 1999 Ian Brackenbury
  • 2001 Lewis Terman
  • 2003 Dave Ehnebuske
  • 2005 William Tetzlaff
  • 2007 Joanne Martin
  • 2009 Emily Plachy
  • 2012 Rashik Parmar
  • 2014 Andrea Martin


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