Josephine M. Cheng

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Biography for Josephine M. Cheng*

Josephine M. Cheng
IBM Fellow and Vice President IBM Research - Almaden

Josephine M. Cheng is an IBM Fellow and Vice President of IBM Research - Almaden in San Jose, California. She oversees the work of scientists and engineers doing exploratory and applied research in various hardware, software and service areas, including: nanotechnology, materials science, storage systems, data management, web technologies, workplace practices and user interfaces.

Prior to her current role, Cheng was Vice President of IBM China Development Laboratories for four years. She also led the China Software Development Laboratory (CSDL) located in three major cities: Beijing, Shanghai and Taipei, with a combined total of more than 3,000 employees.

Cheng has been at the forefront of relational database technology for over twenty-five years. She was also principally responsible for developing IBM's database technology for the web, allowing people to access huge amounts of data via the internet that was previously accessible only through proprietary systems. Her teams have produced such database technologies and products as: DB2 World-Wide Web and its follow-on, Net.Data, providing web access to corporate databases; XML Extender for DB2, permitting popular XML-formatted data to be integrated into DB2; and DB2 Everyplace, a tiny, totally self-managing database system that extends the power of DB2 to convenient pervasive computing devices such as handheld computers and cellular phones.

Cheng received the Asian American Engineer of the Year award in 2003. She was inducted into the United States National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in 2006 for sustained leadership and contributions to relational database technology and its pervasive applications to a wide range of digital operational systems. Also in 2006, she was named one of the Top 10 Software Leaders in China and received the prestigious Professional Achievement Award from UCLA in 2007. Cheng is also on the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) advisory board of the University of California at Berkeley (UCB), as well as a member of San Jose State University’s Engineering Industry Advisory Council. Cheng also serves on the advisory board of the UCB Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS), board member of the Bay Area Science and Innovation Consortium (BASIC), University of Miami Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Industrial Advisory Board member, Silicon Valley CTO Forum Advisory Board member and member of the Anita Borg Institute For Women and Technology Board. Most recently, Josephine Cheng received the 2010 UCLA Alumnus of the Year award.

Josephine Cheng has been awarded 28 patents for her inventions.

Cheng was educated at the University of California, Los Angeles (B.S., 1975, Mathematics and Computer Science; M.S., 1977, Computer Science). She is a resident of San Jose, California.

* Biographical information current as of September 2010