Jaishankar M. Menon

2002 W. Wallace McDowell Award Recipient
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"For leading contributions on the architecture and design of data storage systems and RAID technology"
 


Dr. Jai Menon is IBM Research's leading authority on the design and architecture of data storage systems, which enable enterprises and organizations to manage their data reliably and efficiently.

A native of Kerala, India, Menon received a Bachelor of Technology degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India in 1977.  He earned a Master of Science and Ph.D degrees in Computer Science from Ohio State University in 1978 and 1981, respectively.

In 1982, Menon joined IBM Research in San Jose, Calif., where he became a pioneering researcher and designer of data storage systems and RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) architectures.  He was named functional manager, CS; Storage Systems, in April 2000.  In May 2001, Jai was named IBM Fellow, the company's most prestigious and highest technical honor.

He is also co-director of the Storage Systems Institute, a virtual organization/joint program between IBM Research and the Storage Systems Group aimed at speeding the incorporation of scientific and technological advances into IBM storage systems products.

An IEEE Fellow and member of the IBM Academy of Technology, Menon has received numerous IBM technical awards, published 31 refereed papers and 46 technical reports and is contributing author to three books on database and storage systems.  He also holds 42 U.S. Patents and has 20 additional patent applications on file with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.