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Dean's Seminar Series presents Jane Snowdon

The McCormick Dean’s Seminar Series welcomes Jane L. Snowdon, senior manager and research staff member in the Industry Solutions and Emerging Business department at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, who will speak Wednesday, April 27 at 4 p.m. in the Ford ITW classroom.

In her lecture, “Innovation for a Smarter Planet,” Snowdon will explore the emergence of smarter planet systems, from transportation to healthcare to electrical grids. Through examples of collaborative research, solutions, and case studies, she will discuss the extensive data analysis, modeling, optimization, and visualization necessary to achieve this vision.

At IBM, Snowdon is responsible for developing strategies and driving research efforts worldwide to create innovative solutions for smarter buildings. She is a thought leader and contributor to IBM’s Global Technology and Innovation Outlook.

Prior to her current position, she 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. Snowdon 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.

Snowdon received her PhD in industrial and systems engineering and a certificate in manufacturing systems from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a MS degree in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan, and a BS degree with distinction in industrial and management systems engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. She is a senior member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) and the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), and a member of INFORMS.