Professor of Practice of Operations Research and Information Engineering
Brenda Dietrich is the Geoffrion Family Professor of Practice of Operations Research and Information Engineering at Cornell University. Previously she was an IBM Fellow and Vice President. She holds a BS in Mathematics with highest honors from UNC and an MS and Ph.D. in OR/IE from Cornell. She joined IBM in 1984 and has worked in the area now called analytics and/or data science for her entire career. She and teams she managed applied data and computation to business decision processes throughout IBM and for IBM clients. For over a decade she led the Mathematical Sciences function in the IBM Research division where she was responsible for both basic research on computational mathematics and for the development of novel applications of mathematics for both IBM and its clients. In her tenure as Director of Mathematical Sciences she launched the COIN-OR open source initiative, which was awarded the INFORMS Impact Prize in 2014. While at IBM she also served as the Chief Technology Officer and Strategist for IBM’s Business Analytics group and led Emerging Technologies in the IBM Watson Group. In addition to her IBM work, she has been the president of INFORMS, has co-authored a book on analytics, has served on the Board of Trustees of SIAM, and served on numerous NRC boards and studies. She was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2014.