Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Chairman Emeritus of IBM Academy of Technology in Academia de tecnología de IBM

Dr. Irving Wladawsky-Berger retired from IBM in May of 2007 after a 37 year career with the company, where his primary focus was on innovation and technical strategy.  He was responsible for identifying emerging technologies and marketplace developments critical to the future of the IT industry, and organizing appropriate activities in and outside IBM in order to capitalize on them.  He led a number of IBM’s companywide initiatives including the Internet and e-business, supercomputing, Linux, and  Grid computing.  He continues to consult for IBM on major new market strategies like Cloud Computing and Smart Planet.  

In March of 2008, Dr. Wladawsky-Berger joined Citigroup as Strategic Advisor, helping with innovation and technology initiatives across the company.  He is helping to formulate Citigroup initiatives related the future of global banking, including mobile banking, Internet-based financial services, and financial systems modeling and analysis. 

He is Visiting Lecturer at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and Engineering Systems Division, Adjunct Professor in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Group at the Imperial College Business School, and Senior Fellow at the Levin Institute of the State University of New York.  He is a member of the InnoCentive Advisory Board, the Spencer Trask Collaborative Innovations Board, the Board of  Directors of the Federation of American Scientists,  the Visiting Committee for the Physical Sciences Division at the University of Chicago  and the Board of Visitors for the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin.

He was co-chair of the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee, as well as a founding member of the Computer Sciences and Telecommunications Board of the National Research Council.  He is a former member of the University of Chicago Board of Governors for Argonne National Laboratories, of the Board of Overseers for Fermilab and of BP’s Technology Advisory Council.  He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. A native of Cuba, he was named the 2001 Hispanic Engineer of the Year.

Dr. Wladawsky-Berger received an M.S. and a Ph. D. in physics from the University of Chicago.

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