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Spotlight on Dr. Mark Dean, the PC Visionary

by Minority Fortune

Dr. Mark Dean is a true visionary when it comes to computer technology.  PCs dominate in the world of personal computing, but few are aware of the brainchilds behind those technologies. Mark happens to be one of them, owning 3 of the original patents that PCs were built upon. He has been given the prestigious title of being an IBM Fellow, which only 50 employees of IBM have ever received. He was also initiated in the National Inventors Hall of Fame, which only hosts around 150 members. We wanted to take the time to salute this outstanding Grade A model!

Mark has a history full of excellence. He a curious, smart, and driven child growing up. According to Black Inventors, he earned a “Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee in 1979”. A year later, IBM invited him to join their company as an engineer. Whilst in this position he furthered his education, earning a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Florida Atlantic University in 1982. Some of his notable achievements include the following:

In his capacity as an engineer for IBM, he didn’t take long to make a big impact, serving as the chief engineer for the team that developed the IBM PC/AT, the original home/office computer. Along with his colleague Dennis Moeller, he developed the Industry Standard Architecture (ISA) systems bus, a component that allowed multiple peripheral devices such as a modems and printers to be connected to a PC, thus making the PC a practical and affordable component of the home or small business office. Dean would own three of the original nine patents that all PCs are based upon. Dean followed up with PS/2 Models 70 or 80, and the Color Graphics Adapter (which allowed for color display on the PC).

For Mark, these accomplishments were only the beginning. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 1992. Five years later he was named as “the director of the Austin Research Laboratory and director of Advanced Technology Development for the IBM Enterprise Server Group”.  More accomplishments from Black Investors are quoted below:

In 1999 his team made several significant breakthroughs such as testing of the first gigahertz CMOS microprocessor. After this breakthrough he was named the vice president for Systems Research at IBM’s Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York, then as a vice president in IBM’s Storage Technology Group, focused on the company’s storage systems strategy and technology roadmap. He was later named vice president for hardware and systems architecture in IBM’s Systems and Technology Group (STG) in Tucson, Arizona and finally the vice president of the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California.

 3 Things to Learn from Dr. Mark Dean

Mark Dean fits our Grade A title in every way. We’ll list our reasons below:

  1. Passion – Mark had a true passion for engineering research. He dedicated his life to his work. He continued to refine his craft. His bio reflects the high level of craftsmanship he strove for with every project he put his heart into.
  2. Education – Mark has a true skill. It’s a skill that should never leave him broke and penniless. It’s also a skill that will propel him through the 21st century’s technology driven society. He has the biggest asset that a wealthy elite can ever have: his brain and skill assets. This is truly what makes a wealthy elite person different from most wealthy or hardly wealthy people.
  3. Humility – Throughout Mark’s bio, there is no cessation of achievements. Common in hardly wealthy people, there is no “I have arrived” moment where he stops educating himself, gets complacent, and quits innovating. Mark currently owns 40 patents (some pending), and we’re willing to bet that he has many more on the way.
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