John E. Kelly, III

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The leadership and strategic vision of John E. Kelly III has led IBM to major technology breakthroughs and partnerships. Among the many innovations developed under Dr. Kelly’s guidance, IBM introduced “copper back end of line,” rolled out 300-nanometer wafer scale and brought silicon-on-insulator technology to the high-performance microprocessor market. His unification efforts within IBM streamlined the process of bringing research and development concepts to manufacturing and commercialization. Dr. Kelly’s passion for semiconductor technology was also instrumental in creating an industry–public sector alliance that resulted in the Center of Excellence in Nanoelectronics and Nanotechnology and the NanoTech Complex at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in Albany, N.Y. The NanoTech Complex is a first-of-its-kind education paradigm providing unique opportunities for students while supporting the workforce needs of the semiconductor industry.

An IEEE Fellow, Dr. Kelly is currently senior vice president and director of research at IBM Research, Yorktown Heights, N.Y.