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Sharon Nunes

Biography

Sharon Nunes

Sharon Nunes is currently Vice President of Big Green Innovations in IBM Systems & Technology Group (STG). This organization was created in November 2006 to identify and launch new businesses for IBM focused on using IBM's information technology expertise as well as IBM's materials and processing expertise to solve critical problems around environmental issues. IBM's approach to this initiative is focused on collaborative innovation, highlighting the need for multiple parties to come together to solve the world's important problems.

Sharon has held numerous executive positions leading new growth initiatives in IBM such as the Cell BE ecosystem development, Emerging Businesses in IBM Research and Life Sciences solutions. She spent one year on special assignment in CHQ as Vice President of Technology, working with IBM's Chairman and the senior executive team to set the technical agenda for the company. She has held many management positions in IBM in Research and Development, as well as positions in hardware development, software development, networking and sales. Sharon was responsible for the launch of IBM's Computational Biology Center in 1997, and played a key role in developing IBM's business opportunities in the Life Sciences market in the early years of the business.

Sharon received her PhD in Materials Science in 1983 from the University of Connecticut. She has held numerous academic advisory board positions, and is currently a member of the Look College Engineering Advisory Council at Texas A&M University, a member of the College of Engineering Advisory Committee at the University of Connecticut, and a member of the Board of Directors for the University of Connecticut Foundation. Sharon was a National Academy of Engineering "Frontiers of Engineering" fellow in 2000 and has been a member of the National Academy of Engineering "Engineer of 2020" advisory board. In 2006 Sharon was inducted into the University of Connecticut Academy of Engineering for distinguished engineers.

Sharon is an advocate for women in technology, and is a recipient of two awards for her active role in mentoring technical women. In 2004 Sharon was awarded the Fran Allen Mentoring Award at the IBM Women in Technology meeting. In 2006, Sharon was named a NAFE "Women of Excellence" national award winner for her impact in mentoring technical women. Sharon is a member of IBM's US Women's Council, a leader on the IBM Women in Technology team, and a member of IBM's executive advisory council for SWE (Society of Women Engineers).