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DAVIES MEDAL FOR ENGINEERING ACHIEVEMENT

Honoring Achievement



Kelly (right) with Engineering Dean Alan Cramb and Professor Minoru Tomozawa, who was Kelly’s thesis adviser. Photo by Kris Qua
Rensselaer alumnus John E. Kelly III ’78 was presented with the Davies Medal for Engineering Achievement from the Rensselaer Alumni Association Dec. 7. The award recognizes alumni with a distinguished career of engineering achievement, public service, and technical and managerial accomplishments.

In his role as senior vice president of technology and intellectual property at IBM, Kelly is responsible for the company’s technical and innovation strategies as well as companywide policies on open standards and intellectual property. He played a leadership role in establishing the recent $100 million partnership between Rensselaer, IBM, and New York state to create the Computational Center for Nanotechnology Innovations.

Prior to assuming his current role in September 2004, Kelly was group executive for IBM’s Technology Group. He joined IBM in 1980, after receiving a bachelor’s degree in physics from Union College in 1976, and a master’s degree in physics in 1978 and a doctorate in materials engineering in 1980, both from Rensselaer.

Rensselaer established the Davies Medal for Engineering Achievement in honor of one of the Institute’s most accomplished, active, and loyal alumni, Clarence E. Davies ’14. In April 2006 the medal was awarded to world-renowned biomedical scientist and engineer Van Mow ’62.

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