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Associate Chief Health Officer
Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY USA



Dr. Jane L. Snowdon is Associate Chief Health Officer for IBM Watson Health, a Member of the IBM Industry Academy, and a Fellow of the American Medical Informatics Association (FAMIA). She is responsible for managing global efforts to advance data and clinical evidence studies and building a study portfolio for Watson Health cognitive solutions spanning life sciences, genomics, government health and human services, and research innovation.  Jane received the 2020 Health Tech Hero Award from the Women of IBM Watson Health and the 2019 Achievement in Industry Award from the American Public Health Association's (APHA) Applied Public Health Statistics (APHS) Section at the APHA 2019 Annual Meeting.  Jane is a frequent speaker on innovation and technology at conferences and universities, has more than 100 publications, and holds 1 patent.

Prior to this role, Jane served as Director, IBM Watson Health Partnerships, with a focus on government.  She led strategic partnerships and drove research and development of innovative healthcare solutions with a federally qualified health center (FQHC), U.S. Federal government agencies, and international governments.  

Previously, Jane was Chief Innovation Officer, IBM U. S. Federal Government, in Washington DC. She was responsible for developing and driving innovation strategy and defining offerings that combine client mission requirements with IBM products, services, IBM Research's technology investments, and Federal Systems Integrator partners. Jane was the Director of IBM's Federal Cloud Innovation Center in Washington DC. She co-chaired the Cyber Security Education and Workforce Development Working Group with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).  Jane was a member of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) Council on Technology and Innovation and DHS's Innovation in Acquisitions Working Group.  Jane served as an Advisory Board member for the Center of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at George Mason University. 

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 is a past Chair of the Advisory Board for the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, past Member of the College of Engineering Advisory Board, and past Member of the Georgia Tech Advisory Board advising the President. She also served 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 AMIA, APHA, CASE, HIMSS, INFORMS, ISPOR, NYAS, Sigma Xi, SWE, and WITI.

Jane is a 2020 YWCA Greenwich Women Who Inspire Award honoree in recognition and celebration of outstanding women who have excelled in philanthropic, professional and volunteer pursuits. 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.