MSE Seminar Series: Career navigation: what are the signals to which one should pay attention?

Friday, April 23, 2021
1:00 p.m.
via Zoom
Sherri Tatum

Speaker: Nicholas Fuller, Ph.D., Director, Hybrid Cloud Services @ IBM

Title: Career navigation: what are the signals to which one should pay attention? 


Society has born witness to a plethora of benefits from six decades of advancement in science and technology fueled in part by the 1960s space race. Representative examples of this include: (i) Moore's Law, establishing the foundation and driving the ubiquitous nature of all computing omnipresent in enterprises and our personal lives alike; (ii) Metcalf's law, characterizing a digitally connected world and lastly (iii) advancement in software programming models, computing runtimes and virtualization technologies all of which have given rise to cloud computing becoming mainstream. More recently, we have witnessed major progress in specific computing accelerators (graphical processing units in particular) and deep learning giving rise to major progress in the emerged computer science paradigm of artificial intelligence (Al). The combined benefit of these are no more vivid to society as they are today in a world severely afflicted by the COVID-19 pandemic wherein distance learning, video-conferencing, and e-commerce through shared economy platforms are all made commonplace. From an enterprise point of view, the rapid growth of cloud and Al have accelerated companies use of technology for communications, supply chain and automation of the management of their mission critical applications.

In this talk, I will share how I have participated in some of these technological advancements during the past 20 years. Initially as a physicist specializing in probing the interactions of processing plasmas with novel materials and subsequently as a technologist delivering semiconductor processing technologies for the fabrication of advanced CMOS devices. As opportunities emerged and interests in other domains grew, I made the transition to software development for the emerging areas of cloud and Al. These transitions have culminated in my current role as an executive responsible for the delivery of Al - based technologies for the management of mission critical enterprise applications. The circumstances influencing the above career trajectory and other pointers for career navigation will also be discussed. 


Dr. Nick Fuller is director of the Hybrid Cloud Services organization at I BM Research. In this role, Nick leads a global team of over 100 researchers and is responsible for providing Al-based innovation to differentiate IBM's Hybrid Cloud platform. These innovations span multiple domains in the journey of mission-critical applications to hybrid multicloud environments, namely: application modernization, extensions to Red Hat's Open Shift platform for observability and edge infrastructure, security and compliance and incident management.

In his 18+ years at IBM Research, Nick has held multiple technical, leadership and client facing roles working in partnership with various IBM product units and clients. Some key accomplishments during this time include:

• Delivering innovation for IBM's Al for IT initiative and recently released products and services including: Watson Al Ops, Application Modernization Acee lerator with Al, Mono2 Micro and X­Force Red Vulnerability Risk Management
• Achieving over half a billion dollars in innovation-led savings for IBM's Global Technology Services business spanning a three-year period
• Developing foundational capabilities for IBM Cloud
• Delivering semiconductor innovation far five successive generations of CMOS devices for IBM's Systems business and OEM clients.

Nick is an IBM Master Inventor holding over 70+ patents, has co-authored 75 technical publications and regularly provides commentary on Al and hybrid cloud integration for outlets such as IEEE Spectrum, Computer Weekly and Caribbean media (Caribbean Communications Network Television 6, Jamaica Gleaner). Nick obtained his B.S. in Physics and Math in 1997 from Morehouse College and his Ph.D. in Applied Physics in 2002 from Columbia University. He lives in Long Island, New York with his wife and two sons and in his spare time loves playing soccer, listening to music and writing. His memoir, "Struggle and Progress," details his journey from youth to early adulthood in Barataria, Trinidad and Tobago with the absence of his biological father and exposure to crime in his community, and how support from his mother and pivotal role models fueled a passion for science and discovery. 

Audience: Campus 

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