Experienced in high tech R&D and manufacturing; technical sales and marketing; research grant applications; intellectual property, technology transfer and licensing. Registered Patent Agent and inventor or co-inventor of fourteen U.S. and foreign patents.
Prior to retiring from IBM, Ralph was Worldwide Principal for Blue Gene® supercomputers developed and delivered by IBM Systems & Technology Group. Previous assignments included leading the Linux and Grid (Cloud) deployment revolutions among IBM’s industrial customers, managing sales and marketing activities for IBM Microelectronics, contributing to IBM’s business transformation and development of ibm.com.
Before joining IBM, Ralph held geophysical research positions at Atlantic Richfield and Amoco (both now BP plc) and managed R&D at AMF Geospace (now Geospace Technologies). He also held marketing and engineering management positions at VLSI Technology (now NXP Semiconductors) and Tandy Electronics (now RadioShack), and taught statistics, linear programming and operations research as an adjunct associate professor at the University of Tulsa.
BS, MS, PhD (all in Electrical Engineering) from University of Missouri, Rice University and University of Tennessee, respectively. Executive management program, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.