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Mark Dean

Dr. Mark E. Dean

Interim Dean and John Fisher Distinguished Professor, University of Tennessee Tickle College of Engineering


Mark E. Dean is the interim dean and John Fisher Distinguished Professor of the University of Tennessee Tickle College of Engineering. His research focus is in advanced computer architecture (beyond Von Neumann systems), data centric computing, and computational sciences.

Prior to joining UT in 2013, Dean was Chief Technology Officer of the Middle East and Africa for IBM and an IBM Fellow. In this role he was responsible for technical strategy, technical skills development and exploring new technology-based solutions for the region. These responsibilities included the development of solutions specific for the emerging needs of the businesses and cultures in industry segments such as mobile services (banking, healthcare, education, government), natural resource management (oil, gas, mining, forest, water), cloud-based business services, and security (fraud protection, risk management, privacy, cybersecurity).

Dean was also vice president of World Wide Strategy and Operations for IBM Research. In this role, he was responsible for setting the direction of IBM’s overall Research Strategy across eight worldwide labs and leading the global operations and information systems teams. These responsibilities included management of the division’s business model, research strategy, hiring, university relations, internal/external recognition, personnel development, innovation initiatives, and the division’s operations.

During his career, Dean has developed all types of computer systems, from embedded systems to supercomputers, including testing of the first gigahertz CMOS microprocessor, and establishing the team that developed the Blue Gene supercomputer. He was also chief engineer for the development of the IBM PC/AT, ISA systems bus, PS/2 Model 70 & 80, the Color Graphics Adapter in the original IBM PC, and holds three of the nine patents for the original IBM PC. One invention, the Industry Standard Architecture (ISA) “bus,” which permits add-on devices like the keyboard, disk drives, and printers to be connected to the motherboard, earned Dean and colleague Dennis Moeller election to the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

Dean holds a bachelor’s from UT (‘79), a master’s from Florida Atlantic University (’82), and PhD from Stanford University (’92), all in electrical engineering.

Dean’s most recent awards include the National Institute of Science Outstanding Scientist Award, Black Engineering of the Year, the Ronald H. Brown American Innovators Award, and the Tickle College of Engineering Dougherty Award. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Inventors, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame. He is also a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Mark Dean