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Dr. Stefanie Chiras

Vice President, IBM Power Systems Offering Management
Dr. Stefanie Chiras is the Vice President, IBM Power Systems Offering Management. Aspart of the Power Systems brand team, she holds worldwide business responsibility forthe successful execution of the Linux on Power offerings and strategy as well as cloud offerings. This includes driving interlocked plans from development to the go to market.
Stefanie comes to this role with a breadth of technical and business experiences. Hertechnical roles span silicon technology to system architecture, both Power Systems and System z processor design, and she has been a member in IBM’s Research Division, STG Development, and the Power Systems Brand.

Prior to taking on this role, Dr. Chiras was the Director and Business line executive for the Scale out portfolio, with worldwide responsibility for all the 1 and 2 socket servers for Power System. Her first role in the Power Systems Brand team was as the executive assistant to Douglas Balog, General Manager of Power Systems. In 2012 and early 2013, she led a team of microprocessor designers who had design missions for POWER processors and System z processors, as well as POWER processor bring up in the system lab. She joined that team, after serving as a senior manager in IBM Research’s Austin Research Lab, which does work in the area of next generation VLSI systems.

Over her 14 years with IBM, she has held other roles with management and technical responsibilities for memory sub system development, System z system characterization and design for test, and thin film process development. 

Dr. Chiras started her IBM career with IBM Research in 2001 as part of the Back End of Line Reliability Team. Dr. Chiras obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Harvard University and then went to the University of California- Santa Barbara for her Masters and Ph.D. in Materials Science. Upon completion of her degrees she joined the Princeton Materials Institute of Princeton University in a research post doctorial capacity collaborating with the Mechanical and Aerospace Department.

She is a member of the Society of Women Engineers, IEEE and Women in Technology International.