Dr. Jeffrey Welser is currently the Director of Almaden Services Research, managing a portfolio of research on improved business processes, analytics, software, and technology aimed at both enabling IBM’s Global Business and Technology services divisions, and advancing the study of Services Science. Dr. Welser received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1995, and joined IBM’s Research Division at the T.J. Watson Research Center. Since joining IBM, he has worked on a variety of semiconductor devices and technologies, including nano-crystal and quantum-dot memories, vertical-FET DRAM, and Si-based optical detectors, and eventually took over managing the Novel Silicon Device group at Watson. He was also working at the time as an adjunct professor at Columbia University, teaching semiconductor device physics. In 2000, he took an assignment in Technology group headquarters, and then joined the Microelectronics division in 2001, as project manager for the high-performance CMOS device design groups. In May 2003, he was named Director of high-performance SOI and BEOL technology development, in addition to his continuing work as the IBM Management Committee Leader for the Sony, Toshiba, and AMD development alliances. In late 2003, Dr. Welser returned to the Research division as the Director of Next Generation Technology Components, looking at technology, hardware, and software components for systems in the 2008-2012 timeframe. Starting in 2006, he served as the Director of the Nanoelectronics Research Initiative (NRI), a subsidiary of the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC). The NRI is a consortium of leading U.S. Semiconductor firms which partners with NIST, NSF, and state governments to support university-based research on future nanoscale logic devices to replace the CMOS transistor in the 2020 timeframe. Dr Welser is an IEEE Fellow, and a member of the IEEE Electron Devices Society, where he has been an Advisory Committee member and General Chair for the International Electron Devices’ Meeting and currently serves on the Awards and VLSI Technology committees, and the IEEE Technology Management Council, where he served as EDS Representative on the TMC Board of Governors.
Since mid-2012, Dr. Welser has been in his current role in Services Research, and is now based at the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, CA.