Sebo Series in Entrepreneurship

2016 Sebo Series in Entrepreneurship


Friday, April 8  |  9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Lenhart Grand Ballroom
Bowen-Thompson Student Union


Digital Entrepreneurship: 
Transforming the Workplace and the Economy
Dr. John Kelly, senior vice president solutions portfolio and research, IBM

Keynote presenter, John Kelly, oversees Watson, the IBM supercomputer that answers questions using artificial intelligence to accept and process natural language queries. Watson wowed the public during a Jeopardy debut where it defeated two of the game show's greatest champions.

Dr. John Kelly is senior vice president, Solutions Portfolio and Research for IBM. He is focused on the company’s investments in several of the fastest-growing and most strategic parts of the information technology market, including IBM Analytics, IBM Commerce, IBM Security and IBM Watson, as well as IBM Research and the company’s Intellectual Property team. He also oversees the development of units devoted to serving clients in specific industries, beginning with the April 2015 launch of IBM Watson Health.

Most recently, he spent seven years as senior vice president and director of IBM Research. Under Dr. Kelly, IBM Research expanded its global footprint by adding four new labs (including IBM’s first in Africa, South America and Australia), creating a network of approximately 3,000 scientists and technical employees across 12 laboratories in 10 countries. 

Previously, Dr. Kelly was senior vice president of Technology and Intellectual Property, responsible for the company’s technical and innovation strategies. Prior to that, he was senior vice president and group executive for IBM’s Technology Group, responsible for developing, manufacturing and marketing microelectronics and storage technologies, products and services.

He joined IBM in 1980, and has held numerous executive, management and technical positions related to the development and manufacture of advanced semiconductor technologies.

Dr. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Science in physics from Union College, and a Master of Science in physics and a Doctorate in materials engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has also received three honorary Doctoral degrees.

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