Maria Azua is vice president of technology and innovation for the IBM Corporation. She is responsible for improving the productivity of employees by identifying and integrating new technologies and solutions into the workplace.
She joined IBM in 1989 and held a variety of technical staff and management positions before reaching her current executive position. As an engineer, Maria has garnered the most prestigious technical recognition available at IBM. She is a distinguished engineer and master inventor with 45 approved patents and another 43 applications pending. She also is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology, an elite think tank of 300 of IBM’s top technologists and scientists.
Maria was named one of the 100 Most Important Hispanics in Technology and Business for 2006 by the "Hispanic Engineer & Information Technology" magazine. Last year, Maria received the HENAAC Award for Outstanding Technical Achievement from the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation.
Maria is active in the IBM multicultural community and the community-at-large, and mentors a long list of technical proteges. She also guides other IBM technologists on how to write patent applications and succeed in a technical career.
Maria graduated with honors and a bachelor’s degree in math and physics from the University of Puerto Rico. She obtained a master’s in computer science from the University of Miami and an MBA from Florida Atlantic University.