Romelia Flores

Humans of IBMAoT

A series on our inspiring and inclusive academy of eminent technology thought leaders who have an enduring impact in making the world better.

romelia

@romehflores

Romelia Flores is an IBM Distinguished Engineer, an IBM Master Inventor, and a member of our IBM Academy of Technology’s Core Management Team.

Over the past couple of months, Romelia has received numerous awards and honors that showcase her technical eminence both inside and outside of IBM.  The impact that her client projects have had over the years is reflected in her intellectual capital.  She serves as a technical role model for students, Latinos and IBMers around the world.

We asked Romelia a few rapid fire questions to get to know this powerhouse of a technical leader better:

rapid fireWhat’s your favorite:

Mac or PC:  PC for my desktop, Apple iPad and mobile device.

Movie: Beauty & The Beast

New technology: Cognitive Business

Author/Book:  Harper Lee’s – To Kill a Mockingbird

Vacation: Anywhere with my family

Food:  Meat lover

Animal: Birds

Are you right or left-handed?  Right

Now, let’s review Romelia’s impressive awards and honors – all of which happened this year, and demonstrate why she is a “great mind” of our generation.

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2016 Great Minds in STEM Lifetime Achievement Award – This award is for individuals who are upper level technical executives with over 20 years of experience in STEM.  These individuals have contributed significantly to their organization and to society through their work.  Romelia was afforded this honor due to her significant Intellectual Capital contributions of twenty-five patents and another thirty patents pending.  These patents reflect the innovation resulting from the solutions she created with several of IBM’s leading clients. 

2016 AoT Lifetime Achievement Award – Romelia received this award for driving our Academy’s Affiliate Program Manager for the past four years.  This role is key to the IBM Academy of Technology’s (AoT) Core Operations team.  In this capacity, Romelia led a vibrant community of forty-five AoT Affiliates around the world and two Emerging Affiliates.  She created new initiatives for the Affiliates such as the Exemplary Affiliate initiative, the Affiliate Insights Best Practice Sharing and the foundation for the Affiliate Social Eminence initiative.  

Dallas Business Journal’s 2016 Women in Technology [more…] – The Women in Technology Award honors tech-focused women who drive innovation, lead technology companies and shape the local community.  Romelia’s Patent Portfolio, Chief Architect Role in the IBM Global Solution Center and role on various boards in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex and the Dallas Innovation Alliance were the basis for this honor.

IEEE MetroCon 2016 Keynote Speaker – MetroCon is an annual engineering conference hosted by the IEEE-Fort Worth.  Metrocon 2016 focused on enabling attendees to rapidly grasp the technical and societal implications of some of the most promising and innovative new developments and ideas.  In October 2016, Romelia was the first ever female keynote speaker for this conference.  Her keynote was entitled “Engineering Through Discovery” and focused on Cloud Based Watson Cognitive Services and the Quantum Experience. 

SWE’16 Plenary Speaker – Romelia Flores is a plenary speaker at the Society of Women Engineer’s Conference in 2016 on the topic of “Beyond Robots and Jetpacks:  The Next Decade of Engineering.”  The panelists will explore what the future holds for engineering beyond today’s 3D printing, virtual reality and self-driving cars.  They will discuss how the role of “engineer” will be increasingly central to reshaping the world we live in and the envisioned future for the practice of engineering, the engineering workforce, new trends in technology and disruptive technologies.

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Jean-Luc Collet

Humans of IBMAoT

A series on our inspiring and inclusive academy of eminent technology thought leaders who have an enduring impact in making the world better.

jean luc

@JeanLucCollet

Jean-Luc Collet is a key leader of our Academy of Technology (AoT) who manages the New Member Outreach strategic initiative. He is passionate about IBMers, our technical community transformation and its vitality.

podcast In this seven-minute podcast, he explains why this is imperative to embrace our new IBM colleagues and help them succeed and collaborate with our AoT during IBM’s historic transformation.

His AoT Mission: How to introduce our AoT to new IBM technical hires (including acquisitions).

His AoT Objective: Treasure our technical wild ducks and onboard them faster into our academy to increase our technical vitality and accelerate IBM’s transformation.

His AoT Goal: Infuse best practices of acquired company’s and IBM’s to spark and excellerate innovative client solutions.

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At this point, you can see Jean-Luc is truly a passionate techie about people. Now let’s explore his personal side in these rapid fire questions:

Mac or PC = Mac

Favorite quote:  “The best way to predict the future is to invent it” – by Alan Kay, inventor of UI Windowing @Xerox and Apple Fellow.

Movie = I must pick two:  Memento (2001) by C.Nolan (also JLC V9Director of Inception & Interstellar); and Pulp Fiction by Q. Tarentino

New technology = Brain communication (brain to brain, machine to brain, e.g. virtual reality, “telepathy” is no more science fiction)

Author/Book = the Robots – Isaac Asimov (one of my first memorable reading)

Vacation = Everywhere there is sea or snow (see hobby)JLC  V7

Food = Japanese & Indonesian

Hobby/Sport = Motorcycling, Snowboarding, KiteSurf, Music (listening)

Are you right or left-handed? Left-handed.

For the record, Jean-Luc is the first member of our AoT who we have profiled that is left-handed.

Yes, he is unique.

The postings on this site are our own and don’t necessarily represent IBM’s positions, strategies or opinions.
You may contact us at academy@us.ibm.com or Twitter @IBMAoT.
 

Agostinho de Arruda Villela

Humans of IBMAoT

A series on our inspiring and inclusive academy of eminent technology thought leaders who have an enduring impact in making the world better.

Agostinho de Arruda Villela

We did not need to look far for the first profile of our new series: Agostinho de Arruda Villela is an inspirational leader of our IBM Academy of Technology (AoT) who manages our Latin America Affiliate Region, aruguably the most prolific.

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In this 10 minute podcast, Agostinho shares his personal journey in IBM that led him into becoming a inspirational leader in IBM Latin America.

What does an IBM Academy of Technology (AoT) leader of an Affiliate Region do?  Here goes:

Agostinho oversees the Latin America AoT Affiliates which are  6 in total:

  • 3 affiliates – Brazil, Mexico and Argentina
  • 2 emerging affiliates – Colombia and Peru
  • 1 emerging affiliate candidate – Costa Rica

This entails, at least, biweekly calls (one with the affiliateibm latin americaleaders, one with the AoT Technology Themes focal points, and, sometimes, one for the Nurturing AoT Candidates initiative) which are, arguably, some of the most productive AoT affiliates in the world.

In this role, Agostinho also oversees and participates actively in 4 AoT initiatives – in pursuit of AoT Affiliate Exemplary Status, Affiliate Insights submissions, Nurturing of Latin America AoT Candidates and AoT Technology Themes (Environment & Sustainability and Future of Energy).

In addition, Agostinho is the Costa Rica AoT Champion, mentoring them to become an emerging affiliate next year. He’s been a member of the Global Selection Board for Latin America AoT candidates for 2 years in a row. For the second year in a row, he’s been an evaluator in Latin America for OTAA prize in the Innovation Category.

Moreover, he does presentations to clients as an AoT member multiple times a year at meetings such as the Brazil Innovation Reference Center and events in universities and schools.

And, he’s extremely active as a Brazil AoT Affiliate member, heading their  Outreach Committee and leading their Blockchain study – which successfully concluded on August 25th.

Whew!

All of these activities Agostinho does with a contagious passion for IBM’s technical community – a testament of his personal dedication and contribution to our IBM Academy of Technology’s mission and IBM values.

Bravo, Agostinho!

So, what does Agostinho do in his off time? Does he have time? We asked him a few rapid fire questions:

rapid fireMac or PC: I’m fine with a PC, as long as it has Windows 10 and an SSD drive

Movie:  The Fifth Element, Heavy Metal, A Good Year, The Sum of All Fears, The Last of the Mohicans, The Big Short, Trinity is My Name, La Armata Brancaleone

-New technology: Blockchain, IoT, AI, Quantum Computing

Author/Book: Isaac Asimov (Foundation Trilogy),  Clayton Christensen (The Innovator’s Dilemma), Michael Lewis (The Big Short), Geoffrey Moore (Crossing the Chasm), James Clavell (Shogun and Tai-pan)

Vacation:  Barcelona, Lisbon, Oporto, Ouro Preto, CuritibaAgostino bike

Food:  Sushi/Sashimi

Animal: Jaguar

 Sports – Bicycling, Soccer

-Hobbies:  Bicycling, Going to the movies (saw yesterday “Star Trek – Beyond”), Watch TV series (my favorites are “Person of Interest” and “The Blacklist”)

Yes: Agostinho finds time to balance it all.

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