Alessandro Curioni was named vice president Europe and director of the IBM Research Lab in Zurich, in April 2015. The 22-year IBM veteran, who will assume the position on 1st May, was named an IBM Fellow in 2014.
Curioni is a world-recognized leader in the area of high-performance computing and computational science, where his innovative thinking and seminal contributions have helped solve some of the most complex scientific and technological problems in healthcare, aerospace, consumer goods and electronics.
In 2013 he was a member of the winning team recognized with the prestigious Gordon Bell Prize.
He started at IBM Research – Zurich as a PhD student in 1993, before officially joining as a research staff member in 1998. His most recent position has been the head of the Cognitive Computing and Computational Sciences department.
Curioni received his undergraduate degree in Theoretical Chemistry and his Ph.D. from Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy.