At the 2008 Corporate Technical Recognition Event, IBM named nine new IBM Fellows and recognized more than 500 others including four recently retired IBM Fellows for individual and team contributions and creating collaborative innovation. This year’s event was held in Phoenix, AZ.
The four retirees honored for the sustained value they brought to the company were:
- Michael Hartung is IBM's leading expert on storage systems architecture and development. His inventions and architectural leadership have been a driving force in all aspects of IBM storage solutions, including storage architecture, storage management, cache and hierarchy management, and DASD architecture. In 1995, Mike led the multi-divisional Seascape Common Building Blocks task force. He was instrumental in developing the Seascape architecture and a key leader implementing the concept into the design of IBM's Enterprise Storage Server (Shark).
- H. Kumar Wickramasinghe is one of IBM's most prolific nanotechnologists, notable for both his scientific creativity and his enthusiastic application of his inventions for practical uses. Wickramasinghe has pioneered a wide variety of innovative nanoscale instruments and techniques – from a host of new microscopes that give unprecedented views of atom-scale forces and phenomena to widely diverse methods for measuring and controlling the increasingly precise manufacture of semiconductors and magnetic hard-disk drive components. In particular, he invented and developed the first instrument that allowed near-atomic level observation with natural light and he introduced the magnetic force microscope which allowed the non-destructive, nanoscale mapping of magnetic surfaces. Through his research, companies have been able to develop faster and smaller devices of better quality.
- Brian Clark has been appointed IBM Fellow in recognition of his innovations and contributions to the AS/400. Mr. Clark is regarded as one of the major technical leaders driving the course of AS/400 technology, system architecture, and development. He has made significant contributions to key aspects of system design, performance, and most recently bringing the SAP R/3 application to the AS/400. He is one of the leading architects of AS/400's future technology and opportunity advancements.
- Michael Swanson was the Chief architect for zOS Mainframe operating system. He was the lead designer for Parallel Sysplex which is a special type of cluster technology that allows the mainframe to have Industry leading scalability and availability. He achieved his 14th Invention Achievement Plateau. Mike had the rare ability to demonstrate his expert knowledge at all levels of the system from the hardware architecture through the operating system ( zOS ) to the middleware ( CICS / IMS /DB2 ) and the programming models ( COBOL / Java ).
The nine new IBM Fellows are:
- Emmanuel Crabbe — Systems and Technology Group, Hopewell Junction, New York
- Robert H. High — Software Group, Austin, Texas
- Hiroshi Ito — Research, San Jose, California
- Susan Miller-Sylvia — Global Business Services, Sacramento, California
- David Nahamoo — Research, Yorktown Heights, New York
- Pratap C. Pattnaik — Research, Yorktown Heights, New York
- Thomas L. Seevers — Sales and Distribution, Lincoln, Nebraska
- Harry M. Yudenfriend — Systems and Technology Group, Poughkeepsie, New York
- Moshe Yanai — Systems and Technology Group, Waltham, Massachusetts
IBM Fellows have the freedom to pursue creative achievements, typically working on special projects or research initiatives that lead the company in exciting new directions.