Jolly Good Fellows

Poly alumni John Ponzo

Poly alumni John Ponzo

Since 1963, when IBM instituted its Fellows program, fewer than 250 employees have earned that distinction. Although they are few in number, IBM Fellows have generated nearly 7,500 patents, received five Nobel prizes and thousands of government and professional citations and have a massive store of published research in scientific journals. This year, eight employees, chosen for their innovations in such strategic areas as cloud and mobile computing, big data and business analytics, will be joining that elite group.

While any school would be proud to have even one of those eight as an alumnus, NYU-Poly has the honor of claiming two: Dinesh Verma ’98MOT and John Ponzo ’95CS.

Verma, who heads IBM Research’s IT and Wireless Convergence, is now creating a new pipeline of networking technologies that will play a pivotal role in IBM’s mobile strategy. He says, “Becoming an IBM Fellow is a dream come true. It is a reaffirmation that my approach to technical innovation is a great match for IBM, and gives me confidence that I can mentor and lead others to achieve technical excellence.”

Poly alumni Dinesh Verma

Poly alumni Dinesh Verma

Ponzo is playing a huge role in keeping IBM at the forefront of mobile enterprise technology, and he authored the "Enterprise Mobile" and the "Mobile First" theses that are the cornerstone of IBM's mobile strategy and execution. Recently named IBM’s CTO and technical leader of Mobile First, he says, “Innovation can be nurtured like anything else. . . . If you like what you're doing, you naturally begin to explore the limits of your work.”

NYU-Poly congratulates the two innovators and is happy to have helped nurture them.