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Mark Dean

AKA Mark E. Dean

Born: 2-Mar-1957
Birthplace: Jefferson City, TN

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Engineer, Inventor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Computer architecture

An IBM engineer since 1980, Mark Dean holds three of the original nine patents on computer electronics from which present-day personal computers are derived, specifically on graphics controllers, device interfaces and the ISA bus. With Dennis Moeller, a colleague at IBM, in 1981 he invented the ISA (industry standard architecture) bus control for peripheral processing devices, which serves as a computer's central switchboard by connecting the central processing unit with such peripherals as the keyboard, monitor, printer, and other devices. In 1999 he led the team at IBM that built the first gigahertz (1000mhz) chip, capable of a billion calculations per second. He holds about forty patents, and has been at the forefront of developments in algorithms for computational science, design automation tools, digital visualization, embedded systems, formal verification methods, memory compression, and high-speed low-power circuits.

Father: James Dean (Tennessee Vally Authority worker)
Mother: Barbara Dean
Wife: Paula Bacon

    High School: Jefferson City High School, Jefferson City, TN (1975)
    University: BS Electrical Engineering, University of Tennessee (1979)
    University: MS Electrical Engineering, Florida Atlantic University (1982)
    University: PhD Electrical Engineering, Stanford University (1992)
    Administrator: Huston-Tillotson University (Trustee, 1997-)
    Administrator: University of Tennessee, School of Engineering (Advisory Board, 2000-)

    IBM VP, Almaden Research Center (2004-)
    IBM VP, Systems and Technology Group (2003-04)
    IBM VP, Storage Technology Group (2002-03)
    IBM VP, Systems Research (2000-02)
    IBM Director, Advanced Technology Development (1997-2000)
    IBM VP, System Architecture & Performance (1995-97)
    IBM VP Interactive Broadband System Platforms (1994-95)
    IBM Director of Architecture, Power Personal Systems Division (1993-97)
    IBM Fellow (1995-)
    IBM Engineer (1980-97)
    Black Engineer of the Year 1997
    Ronald H. Brown American Innovators Award 1997
    National Inventors Hall of Fame 1997
    American Academy of Arts and Sciences
    IEEE
    Inroads Board of Directors
    National Academy of Engineering 2001
    National Society of Black Engineers
    Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
    Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society


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