Dr. Brenda L. Dietrich is an IBM Fellow and Vice President. Since joining IBM in 1984 she has worked with numerous business units, applying analytics to decision processes. She led Mathematical Sciences in IBM Research for over a decade. She was a president of INFORMS, is an INFORMS Fellow, and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. She holds a BS in mathematics from UNC and an MS and PhD in operations research/information engineering from Cornell. Her personal research includes manufacturing scheduling and services resource management. She currently leads the emerging technologies team in the IBM Watson group.