Dr. Paul Horn is formerly Senior Vice President of the IBM Corporation and Executive Director of IBM Research. He retired from IBM in September 2007 after 28 years with the company. For nearly 12 years he was responsible for IBM’s 3,200 researchers in eight labs worldwide, helping guide IBM’s overall technical strategy. Under his leadership, IBM produced an unmatched string of technological breakthroughs, including the chess-playing supercomputer, Deep Blue, the world’s first copper chip, the giant magneto-resistive head (GMR), strained silicon (a discovery that allows chips to run up to 35 percent faster), and BlueGene, the world’s fastest supercomputer that brought computing leadership back to the U.S.
Dr. Horn has received numerous awards, including the 1988 Bertram Eugene Warren Award from the American Crystallographic Association, the 2000 Distinguished Leadership award from the New York Hall of Science, the 2002 Hutchison Medal from the University of Rochester, and the 2002 Pake Prize from the American Physical Society. In 2003, Scientific American Magazine named Dr. Horn as one of U.S.’s top computing business leaders. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a former Associate Editor of Physical Review Letters, and has published over 85 scientific and technical papers. Other esteemed professional committees that he is a member of include the General Accountability Office (GAO) board of advisors, the board of trustees of the Committee for Economic Development, and the Board of Polytechnic School of Engineering. Dr. Horn was named New York University’s (NYU) Distinguished Scientist in Residence in 2007 where he currently is the Senior Vice Provost for Research and Senior Vice Dean for Strategic Initiatives and Entrepreneurship, Polytechnic School of Engineering at New York University.