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Dr. Jaishankar Menon

1977 - B.Tech - Electrical Engineering Chief Scientist and Chief Strategy Officer @ Cloudistics

Dr. Jai Menon is an IBM Fellow, and is currently Vice President, Technical Strategy and Vice-Chair, Board of Governors of IBM Academy of Technology. He received a Bachelor of Technology degree in Electronics and Electrical Communication Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras in 1977. He earned master’s and doctorate degrees in computer science from Ohio State University in 1978 and 1981, respectively.

Dr. Menon joined IBM Research in 1982 and has held various technical leadership and management positions in IBM such as CTO and VP of Architecture and Strategy for Software and Storage Systems, Chair of Architecture Board of IBM Systems Group, Senior Manager of Storage Systems research team, Co-Director of Storage Systems Institute, World wide Strategist for IBM Research in File Systems and Storage Systems, and Member of Corporate Technical Strategy Team.

Dr. Menon has made several contributions to the industry in RAID, cluster file systems, storage virtualization etc. He was instrumental in establishing IBM Research as a world-class center of competence in storage research. He started and was the technical visionary behind the SAN file System and SAN Volume Controller projects. He is well-known as a pioneer in RAID Research and is one of the key early contributors to the technology behind what is now a $20B industry.

Dr. Menon is recipient of many awards and honors notable among them being IBM Fellow (2001), IBM Master Inventor, Fellow of IEEE, IEEE Wallace McDowell Award and IEEE Reynold B. Johnson Storage Systems Award. He holds over 50 US Patents, is author of 31 refereed papers and contributing author of three books on database and storage systems.

In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of Storage Systems and Computer Science in general, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer on him this award.

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