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2008 Inductees


Deborah Estrin Deborah Estrin
Director, Center for Embedded Networked Sensing, Professor UCLA

Susan P. Fisher-Hoch Susan P. Fisher-Hoch
M.D., Professor of Epidemiology, The University of Texas School of Public Health

Mary Lou Jepsen Mary Lou Jepsen
CEO, Pixel Qi

Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic
Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University

Jian (Jane) Xu Jian (Jane) Xu
Distinguished Engineer, CTO, China Systmes and Technology Labs, IBM



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Jian (Jane) Xu

Jian (Jane) Xu

Distinguished Engineer, CTO, China Systmes and Technology Labs, IBM

Inducted in: 2008

Dr. Jane Xu is a Distinguished Engineer in IBM. Her current role is the Chief Technology Officer of the newly founded IBM China Systems and Technology Labs (CSTL). She is driving the technical strategy of firmware, systems management software, storage and technology development, testing and customer engagements. Since taking this assignment in July 2005, Dr. Xu has been a passionate coach and mentor to the next generation of software engineers while creating business opportunities in cutting edge areas such as multicore technology, energy saving, environmental improvement and future network datacenter.

As a native of Shanghai, Dr. Xu came to the U.S. for higher education in 1982. With a strong technical career goal, she persistently completed her study and received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, in 1985 and 1986 respectively; and her Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Southern California in 1990.

Dr. Xu joined IBM Storage Systems Division in 1990, working on storage systems architecture. From 1995 to 2000, Dr. Xu worked in IBM Software Group as a technical leader, delivering several IBM database middleware and XLM products. In 2001, she worked in IBM Almaden Research Center as an executive assistant. Since 2002, Dr. Xu has worked in IBM Systems and Technology Group. Before going to China, she led the advanced technology development of storage software. She was the lead architect of IBM's Information Lifecycle Management and Grid Storage products as well as the co-chair of the Global Grid Forum (GGF) File System Working Group. She lead the IBM eBusiness OnDemand Council Storage Working Group as a member of IBM's Systems and Technology Group Software Architecture Board.

Dr. Xu is a Technology Council member of the IBM Academy of Technology, an organization comprised of the top 300 technical experts in IBM. She has received three IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement Awards. Dr. Xu has filed 24 U.S. patents. She received Special Recognition Awards from the Women of Color Technology Awards Conference in 2005 and 2007 respectively. Dr. Xu currently is a visiting professor at Shanghai Tongji University. She is an IBM AP women executive council member, co-leader of the IBM AP Women in Technology Networking Group and Shanghai Women Diversity Group.