Dr. Alfred Spector


2001 Tsutomu Kanai Award Recipient



“For technical leadership in the design and implementation of reliable, scalable architectures of supporting distributed files, distributed applications, and for pioneering in their commercialization”



Dr. Alfred Z. Spector is vice president of Services and Software in IBM Research responsible for IBM’s worldwide services and software research.  Previously, Dr. Spector was the general manager of Marketing and Strategy for IBM’s AIM business, responsible for a number of IBM software product families including CICS, WebSphere, and MQSeries, and the general manager of IBM s Transaction Systems business.  Dr. Spector was also founder and CEO of Transarc Corporation, a pioneer in distributed transaction processing and wide area file systems, and an Associate Professor of Computer Science with Tenure at Carnegie Mellon University.  Dr. Spector is on the board of the Security Industry Middleware Council and a member of the NSF CISE Advisory Board.


Dr. Spector received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University and his A.B. in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University.  He was the 2001 recipient of the IEEE Computer Society’s Tsutomu Kanai Award for major contributions to state-of-the-art distributed computing systems and their applications.


Married and a father of three young children, Dr. Spector is an avid runner.