Education: University of Tennessee, B.S., 1979; Florida Atlantic University, M.S., 1982; Stanford University, Ph.D., 1992.
Memberships: Houston-Tillotson College board of trustees, 1977-; board of directors, Inroads Inc.; board of advisors University of Tennessee School of Engineering.
Mark E. Dean is one of the top engineering minds at the International Business Machines (IBM) Corporation, and one of just fifty prestigious fellows at the legendary company. Dean's area of expertise lies in computer systems, and he made his first mark in the industry in the early 1980s, when he and a colleague developed one of the pieces of internal architecture that allows a computer to communicate with a printer and other devices. Of the nine patents for IBM's revolutionary personal computer (PC) introduced in the 1980s, Dean is the holder of three. He is also the recipient of numerous honors and professional accolades, including a place in the National Inventors' Hall of Fame, but the Tennessee native only reluctantly participates in ceremonies and tributes. "I do it because I feel it's important, but I'd rather be in the labdebugging or writing code," he told Terry Costlow in an interview with Electronic Engineering Times.