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Jai Menon, IBM Fellow

Jai Menon
IBM Fellow
CTO and VP, Technical Strategy
IBM Systems and Technology Group

Dr. Jai Menon is CTO and VP, Technical Strategy for IBM.s Systems and Technology Group (STG). His responsibilities include technical strategy, technical leadership, research collaboration and technical vitality for IBM STG.

Jai joined IBM Research in 1982. He has made many contributions to the storage industry and to IBM in the areas of disk emulation, storage controllers, disk caching, storage networking, storage virtualization, file systems and RAID. He is one of the early RAID pioneers that helped create a technology that is now a $20B industry, contributing to many key IBM storage systems products, including the Shark Storage Server. He also initiated the project that became the industry.s leading storage virtualization product.

He became IBM.s world-wide storage research leader, then CTO and VP for Storage and Systems Software in STG. Later, he became Vice-Chair of the IBM Academy of Technology, an elite body of 500 of IBM.s world-wide technical leaders who mission is to provide technical direction and leadership to IBM. He was also VP of IBM.s University Collaboration programs. In this role, Jai doubled IBM.s overall university research spending; quadrupled our activities in the emerging markets; and doubled our university interactions in the emerging area of Services Science.

Jai is an IBM Fellow, an IEEE Fellow, a member of the IBM Academy of Technology and an IBM Master Inventor. He has many IBM awards, serves on several university industry advisory boards, has published 78 papers and reports, holds 52 patents and is contributing author to three books. He received the 2002 IEEE Wallace McDowell Award and the 2006 IEEE Reynold Johnson Award. He is a Distinguished Alumnus of both IIT, Madras and of Ohio State University (from where he earned M.S. & Ph.D degrees in Computer Science).