Dr. Isabel Yang currently serves as Vice President of IBM Research World Wide Operations. She oversees and ensures alignment of research resources to IBM’s strategic initiatives, safe and vital working environment for all researchers in our labs across the world, and technical vitality of our research population. Prior to becoming part of the research team, Dr. Yang spent several years in IBM’s Technology and Intellectual Property Licensing organization in various roles from patent engineer to director of IP engineering. As a director of the IP engineering team, she formulated strategy and execution for IP asset mining and licensing across broad technology areas including software, IT services, consumer electronics, computers and networking, semiconductors, electronic materials and healthcare and life sciences. She helped the IP team to achieve and sometime over-achieve the financial goals, and strategically opened up new licensing opportunities to expand outside of saturated industry sectors. Dr. Yang’s early years in IBM was spent in the Semiconductor Research and Development Center as part of the Microelectronics division. She joined IBM in 1998 as a transistor device designer. After a couple of years, she moved into management serving initially as device design and modeling group manager, then moved on to become project and alliance manager for two different technology alliances (AMD, Sony, Toshiba, IBM) and then (Infineon, Samsung, IBM, Charter). Dr. Yang was responsible for driving strategic development and alignment of semiconductor roadmap for the alliances, and pathways for transfer to manufacturing.
Dr. Yang completed all of her higher education at MIT; Bachelor of Science in Material Science, Master of Science and Ph.D in Electrical Engineering specializing in solid state physics and semiconductors. She has 3 patents, over 30 publications, and was the recipient of the Paul Rappaport Best Paper award at IEDM for her work on SOI on active substrate.