William Pulleyblank

Former Vice President, Center for Business Optimization, IBM Global Business Services
White Plains, NY

William R. Pulleyblank, retired May 31, 2010, from IBM, where as a Vice President, he was the leader of the Center for Business Optimization within IBM Global Business Consulting Services. The center leads the development and deployment of high-powered analytic and optimization solutions designed to improve the business performance of IBM’s clients. In July 2010 he will become Professor of Operations Research at the US Military Academy (West Point).

Prior to this assignment, Dr. Pulleyblank held several positions in IBM Research, including Director of Mathematical Sciences, Director of Exploratory Server Systems and Director of the Deep Computing Institute. During this time, he held a number of IBM initiatives in ultra large-scale computing, including the project that led to the creation of the Blue Gene/L supercomputer.

Dr. Pulleyblank is a member of the Board of the Institute of Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo, a member of the Board of Regents of Canada’s National Institute for Nanotechnology and a member of the Science and Engineering Advisory Council of the Alberta Ingenuity Fund. He has served on boards and advisory panels for a number of organizations, including the Division of Mathematics & Physical Sciences of the National Science Foundation, the Board on Mathematical Sciences of the National Research Council (US), the National Institute of Aerospace (US), iCORE, the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences (Toronto) where he is also a fellow and the University of Minnesota’s Institute for Mathematics and its Applications. Dr. Pulleyblank is the IBM Partnership Executive for the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Pulleyblank has been appointed a member of Omega Rho, the International Honor Society of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science and was awarded an honourary doctorate from the College of St. Rho. In 2005 he was awarded a Faculty of Mathematics Alumni Achievement Medal by the University of Waterloo and an Alberta Centennial Medal in recognition of contributions to the province of Alberta.

In 2010 he was elected a Fellow of the US National Academy of Engineering.

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