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Colloquium - Mitchell

ECCR 265

Things I Wished I'd Learned in School
IBM Printing Systems

I was well into my IBM career as a scientist before recognizing the importance of written goals, remembering names, networking, giving back, reaching back, selling your ideas, and leaving an auditable paper trail. It took me several years to realize that the term "politics" doesn't have to be a dirty word. Those who already know it all are still welcome to hear some light-hearted stories on life in industry.

Joan Mitchell photo

Dr. Joan L. Mitchell graduated from Stanford University with a BS in physics in 1969. She received her MS and PhD. degrees in physics from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in 1971 and 1974, respectively. She joined the Exploratory Printing Technologies group at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center immediately after completing her PhD. She was a manager there for nine years. She then worked for three years in IBM Marketing before returning to the IBM Research Division in 1991 to work again in the Image Technologies group as a manager. From 1987 through 1994, she was a member of the ISO and CCITT international Joint Photographic Experts Group which standardized the color image JPEG compression algorithm. She was the final editor of JPEG Part 1, and in 1992, coauthored a book about JPEG. In 1994, she took a two year leave of absence from IBM during which she coauthored a book on MPEG, consulted for IBM Burlington, and was a visiting professor at the University of Illinois for six months. She returned to the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center as a Research Staff Member in the Image Applications Department. For the last three years she was on temporary assignment with the IBM Printing Systems Division in Boulder, CO, transferring there permanently in 2002.

Since 1976, Joan has worked in the field of image processing and data compression. She received IBM Outstanding Innovation Awards for Two-Dimensional Data Compression in 1978, for Teleconferencing in 1982, for Image View Facility in 1985, for Resistive Ribbon Thermal Transfer Printing Technology in 1985, for Speed-Optimized Software Implementations of Image Compression Algorithms in 1991, and for the Q-coder in 1991. December 2001, she was awarded an Outstanding Technical Achievement Award for Algorithms for Improved Printer Performance Transferred to IBM's Printing Systems Division and her Twenty-first Invention Achievement Plateau Award. She was elected to the IBM Academy of Technology in 1997, and became an IEEE Fellow in 1999. She is a member of APS, IEEE, IS&T, and Sigma Xi and co-inventor on 40 patents. She was made an IBM Fellow in 2001. In 2002, she initiated a Master Inventor program for PSD in Boulder and became a Master Inventor there. She recently became a certified PADI Dive Master.

Hosted by Clayton Lewis.
Refreshments will be served immediately following the talk in ECOT 831.

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