Director, Systems Architecture and Design, IBM Research
Jeffrey L. Burns received his B.S. in Engineering from UCLA, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from U.C. Berkeley. In 1988 he joined the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center and worked in layout automation and processor design. In 1996 he joined the IBM Austin Research Lab where he worked on the first 1 GHz PowerPC; he then managed the Exploratory VLSI Design group. In 2003 he returned to Watson to work on IBM Research’s annual study into the future of IT. He then managed a program exploring a streaming-oriented supercomputer. From mid-05 until mid-09 he managed the VLSI Design department, focusing on high-end processors, SoC designs, and 3D. From mid-2009 to September 2015 he was Director of VLSI Systems at Watson, and since September 2015 he has been Director, Systems Architecture and Design, managing the Division’s activities in VLSI design, design automation, microprocessor and systems architecture, and accelerator design.