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Stony Brook University Hosts IBM Centennial Lecture

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Stony Brook University Hosts IBM Centennial Lecture

IBM Executive, SBU Alum, Diane Brink, to deliver technology lecture to campus community

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Diane D. Brink

STONY BROOK, NY, September 14, 2011 – As part of IBM’s centennial celebration, Stony Brook University is hosting the multinational technology leader on Oct. 6 at 2:30 pm in the Charles B. Wang Center Theatre for part of their Centennial Lecture Series, a series of conversations and lectures held at leading universities around the globe to discuss technology’s role in shaping the past and guiding the future.                                                                       

The lecture, “Pioneering the Science of Information,” led by Diane D. Brink, Vice President, Marketing, Global Technology Services, IBM Corporation, is designed to engage the leaders of tomorrow in a discussion about IBM’s experience in business technology and society over the last century. It will focus on three aspects: the actual nature of informational technology, technology’s implications for industry leaders across all disciplines, and its effects on society in preparing new types of leaders for the 21st century.

“The occasion of our centennial year at IBM led us to think about the lessons that our 100-year history holds for the world tomorrow,” said Ms. Brink, a Distinguished Alumnus of Stony Brook University and a member of the Dean’s Council at the Stony Brook University College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “I’m looking forward to sharing our perspective on the implications of profound shifts in information technology and the implications for science, business and society,” she said.  “I also want to spark lively discussion that will deepen our collective understanding of what individuals and institutions need to do to succeed in today’s globally integrating, technology-infused world.” Ms. Brink is also a recipient of Stony Brook’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2010.

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“IBM’s experience and knowledge will provide valuable insight on how individuals and institutions can adapt and advance in today’s technology-driven society,” said Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, President of Stony Brook University, who will introduce Ms. Brink at the event.  “The University recognizes the importance of technological research and advancements,” he added, noting that Stony Brook University collaborates with Brookhaven National Laboratory on the New York Center for Computational Sciences (NYCCS); the centerpiece of which is the supercomputer New York Blue, an IBM Blue Gene research computer designed to allow computations critical for research in biology, medicine, material science, nanoscience, renewable energy, climate science, finance and technology.

Some of IBM’s key milestones over the last century include: investments in a research lab during the Great Depression; the development of the first hard disk drive that revolutionized the data storage industry; the invention of the bar code, the System/360 mainframe, the personal computer, and most recently, “Watson,” an artificial intelligence computer system with the capability of answering questions posed in natural language.

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Diane D. Brink

Vice President, Marketing and Strategy

Global Technology Services

IBM Corporation

Ms. Brink’s current role is Vice President of Marketing and Strategy for IBM’s Global Technology Services, IBM’s largest business unit. She has world wide responsibility for market management of the integrated technology services (ITS) service product lines, managed services and business process services, as well as leading market insights, channel enablement, program management and channel marketing.  She also leads marketing & communications efforts for IBM’s Cloud computing initiatives.  

Prior to this position, Diane was Vice President, World Wide Integrated Marketing Communications.  She had responsibility for IBM’s strategic brand, product & services advertising, media strategy & agency operations, direct & digital marketing, content management, and event & sponsorship marketing.  In addition, she was responsible for leading and overseeing all marketing communications activity in IBM’s business units and geographies.    

Diane has held many senior marketing roles in IBM, including leading IBM’s marketing’s efforts in General Business.  In this role, she was responsible for extending IBM’s reach and participation in the segment through the introduction of IBM Express Advantage and the Express offerings and solutions.  She also worked to develop IBM’s strong ecosystem of business partners.   

Ms. Brink has held numerous leadership positions including VP Marketing and Strategy for IBM Americas (US, Canada, and Latin America Operations), VP Operations, Worldwide Systems Sales, VP Distribution Channels Marketing, VP Systems Sales, Director, Direct Marketing and for the US Sectors, and General Manager of Mid Market in the Midwestern Area.  She joined IBM in 1980 as a programmer.  

Diane Brink is a board member to the Advanced Energy Research & Technology Center at Stony Brook University, is a member of the Dean’s Council at the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences for Stony Brook, and a board member to the Iona Preparatory School. 

Ms. Brink holds a BS in Computer Science from Stony Brook University and an MBA in Finance from Fordham University.


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