Vice President, Smart Cities Strategy & Solutions
Sharon is currently Vice President, Smarter Cities Strategy & Solutions, IBM Cor-poration, building smarter cities in collaboration with clients and partners. Recognizing that smarter cities will be economic growth engines of the 21st century, IBM is applying the company’s unique capabilities to create, manage and run intelligent and intercon-nected infrastructures and systems for cities in every major geography. Prior to this role, Sharon was Vice President Big Green Innovations, creating new businesses for IBM using its information technology expertise, and materials & processing expertise to solve critical problems around environmental issues. In 2009, Sharon launched IBM’s program in Advanced Water Management as part of IBM’s Smarter Planet initiative. Sharon led the creation of IBM’s water management product and service line, focused on creating solutions for the better management of water resources and water infrastruc-tures around the world.
Sharon has held numerous executive positions leading new growth initiatives in IBM. She spent one year on special assignment in CHQ as Vice President of Technol-ogy, working with IBM’s Chairman and the senior executive team to set the technical agenda for the company. Sharon launched and led IBM’s Computational Biology Cen-ter, and was one of the executive leaders of the Life Sciences business unit in its start-up phase.
Sharon received her PhD in Materials Science in 1983 from the University of Connecticut. She has held numerous academic advisory board positions, and is cur-rently a member of the Engineering Advisory Committee at the University of Connecti-cut, a member of the Board of Directors for the University of Connecticut Foundation, and the Advisory Board for the Polytechnic Institute of New York University’s Clean-tech Executive Development program. Sharon was a National Academy of Engineering “Frontiers of Engineering” fellow and was a member of the National Academy of Engi-neering “Engineer of 2020” advisory board. She was also elected to the University of Connecticut’s Academy of Engineering for distinguished engineers.
Sharon is a strong advocate for women in technology, and is a recipient of several awards, recognizing her leadership in this area. In 2004 Sharon was awarded IBM’s Fran Allen Mentoring Award and in 2006, Sharon was named a NAFE “Women of Ex-cellence” national award winner for her impact in mentoring technical women. In 2009, she was recognized as a Women’s History Month Honoree as one of the “Women Tak-ing the Lead to Save our Planet” and was also inducted into the WITI (Women in Tech-nology International) Hall of Fame.
Sharon is a leader in IBM Global Women’s Council and co-chair of the global “Women in Technology” committee at IBM.