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Diane Pozefsky, Ph.D.

Diane Pozefsky, Ph.D.

Research Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of North Carolina

Inducted in 2011

In the 25 years Diane Pozefsky was with IBM, her work on networking architectures and development earned eight formal Achievement Awards; she was named both an IBM Fellow and an IBM Master Inventor, and was elected to the IBM Academy of Technology. Dr. Pozefsky's early work, driven by the introduction of personal computers and enhanced capabilities allowing the addition and movement of data, transformed networking technology to allow networks to change and adapt more easily. These efforts enabled SNA networks to grow with customer needs and provide immediate connectivity when new users and machines were added. In the early '90s, as corporations moved toward TCP/IP networks, Dr. Pozefsky's team developed the barrier-breaking AnyNet technology: programs designed for one type of network could work on the other and users could build networks that employed either or both technologies. In the late '90s, Dr. Pozefsky further applied her knowledge to a real-world environment, and was responsible for the network design for the 1998 Olympics. She also worked in mobile computing, storage networking, and with Lotus before returning to her alma mater as a visiting research professor in the Computer Science Department of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; her teaching and research interests include software engineering, user interfaces, the use of technology in entrepreneurships, and the social impacts of technology. Dr. Pozefsky is heavily involved in the IBM Academy of Technology, an organization comprised of technical leaders in IBM. She actively promotes National Engineers Week and Women in Technology conferences for the corporation and in North Carolina.