Mark Dean - Who is he?
Dean was born in 1957 in Tennessee. He received degrees from the University of Tennessee, Florida Atlantic University, and Stanford University (Ph.D in electrical engineering).
He is the first African American to become an IBM fellow. In 1997, he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
Currently he is the interim dean of the Tickle College of Engineering and is a professor at the University of Tennessee. He works for IBM Middle East and Africa and was an IBM VP overseeing research in San Jose, California.
He holds 3 of the 9 original patents from IBM and was part of the team that developed the interior architecture that allows multiple devices to be connected to computers. Currently he holds more than 20 patens.