Dean’s Lecture: IBM Public Sector Chief Technology Officer and Vice President Dr Katharine Frase
Presented by Dr Katharine Frase, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, IBM Public Sector
5.30–6.30pm Thursday 27 March 2014
(commencing with drinks at 5pm)
Auditorium & Foyer, Ground floor
Melbourne Brain Centre, Kenneth Myer Building
30 Royal Parade
University of Melbourne (Map)
The Melbourne School of Engineering is proud to present our first Dean’s Lecture for 2014, with a leading international figure in the information technology industry: Dr Katharine Frase, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of IBM Public Sector.
All over the world, students, parents, teachers and administrators look at the trend toward digitised learning content and its digital/online/mobile delivery and assume that affordable, scalable personalised instruction that leads to better outcomes is within reach. Government programs are driving school systems to collect, organise, and use data about their student performance. Across primary, secondary and higher education, budget allocations are shifting from printed instructional content to digital content and the information systems needed to drive them. Katharine will discuss real life examples, where the use of data and analytics is helping the staff of schools and universities to attract, retain, nurture, graduate and place students into employment.
Dr Katharine Frase
Dr Katharine Frase was appointed Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, IBM Public Sector, in March 2013. As CTO, she provides thought leadership for IBM and its customers on innovation and strategic transformation specific to government, education, life sciences, healthcare and cities, driving the creation of new solutions. Prior to this role, she was Vice President, Industry Solutions Research, working across IBM Research on behalf of IBM clients, to create transformational industry-focused solutions, including the application of “Watson” technologies to business applications and the realisation of Smarter Planet solutions. In 2006, she was elected as a member of the (U.S.) National Academy of Engineering. Dr Frase received an A.B. in chemistry from Bryn Mawr College and a PhD in materials science and engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology and sits on numerous external committees and boards.