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Jane L. Snowdon
Chief Innovation Officer, IBM Federal
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Dr. Jane L. Snowdon is Director and Chief Innovation Officer, IBM U. S. Federal Government, in Washington DC. She is responsible for developing and driving innovation strategy and defining offerings that combine client mission requirements with IBM products, services, and IBM Research's technology investments. Jane is the leader of the new IBM Federal Cloud Innovation Center in Washington DC. She co-chairs the Cyber Security Education and Workforce Development Working Group with the Department of Homeland Security and is a member of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) Council on Technology and Innovation.

Prior to this role, Jane was a Senior Manager in the Department of Strategy and Worldwide Technical Operations at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY. She was responsible for jointly leading the direction of IBM’s overall Research strategy across twelve global labs and the 2013 Global Technology Outlook.

Jane has also developed strategies and driven research efforts worldwide to create innovative solutions that identify energy and cost savings for smarter buildings. Jane was IBM’s Principal Investigator for the Energy Innovation Hub proposal led by the Pennsylvania State University for Energy Efficient Buildings, which was selected from among 40 proposals by the U. S. Department of Energy and awarded up to $129M over 5 years. Jane was instrumental in defining a partnership announced by Mayor Bloomberg and the NYC Economic Development Corporation with Columbia, CUNY, and NYU for research collaboration to help address New York City’s energy challenges. Jane initiated and successfully launched two projects on energy analytics for large portfolios of buildings for over 1,000 K-12 public schools in a major city and a university campus of 60 buildings covering a combined 150 million square feet.

Jane managed the Emerging Systems Design Department at IBM Research where she led work in the design of new high performance computing servers and next generation technologies to simplify the personal computer life cycle process. Jane has conducted research in schedule planning optimization, journey management, crew pairing, and recovery from irregular operations for domestic and international airlines. She also has deep expertise in business process modeling and business process simulation for manufacturing and transportation domains.

Jane received her Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering and a Certificate in Manufacturing Systems from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a M.S. degree in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan, and a B.S. degree with distinction in Industrial and Management Systems Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. She was inducted into the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering in 2006 and the Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni at Georgia Tech in 2008.

Jane was selected as the General Chair for the 2002 Winter Simulation Conference (WSC), Technical Program Chair and Council Member for the 2000 and 2001 AGIFORS (Airline Group of the International Federation of Operations Research Societies) Symposiums, Advisory Council Member of the 2001 INFORMS (Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences) Practice Meeting.

Jane serves on the Georgia Institute of Technology's Advisory Board and is a past Chair of the Advisory Board for the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and a Member of the College of Engineering Advisory Board at Georgia Tech. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the CUNY Institute for Software Design and Development, and is a former Advisory Board member for Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology Medical Division at Stony Brook University and the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering at Penn State. She is a Senior Member of the IIE and IEEE, and a Member of AFCEA, CASE, INFORMS, NYAS, Philosophical Society of Washington, WIT, and WITI.

Jane was honored at the Girls Inc. of Westchester 2012 “Power of the Purse” gala as a prominent professional woman and role model who is investing in giving the next generation of Westchester women leaders the skills they need to grow up healthy, educated, and independent. Jane is a past co-chair for the Watson Women’s Network (WWN) and past WWN representative to the Watson Diversity Council. She mentors researchers in the United States and China, and is part of IBM’s Makocha Minds initiative for mentoring African university students.