•Most Promising Engineer Advanced Degree – Ph.D.•
Ricardo A. Koller Jemio, Ph.D.
Research Staff Member
IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
Education: Ph.D., computer science, Florida International University; B.A., computer systems engineering, Universidad Católica Boliviana.
Precociousness is the quality that Dr. Ricardo A. Koller Jemio perhaps best embodies. For someone to accomplish so much in just a few short years is a rare occurrence that demonstrates a brilliant mind, a massive amount of dedication, and the kind of mastery of his chosen field that has inevitably led to a successful and ground-breaking career.
His modest title of Research Staff Member at IBM Research at the T.J. Watson Research Center belies the importance of his work and the innovations that he has developed in the dynamic field of cloud computing. With four patents already under his belt, Dr. Koller Jemio has made vast strides in creating game-changing new technologies in the infrastructure that today underlies much of the world’s information technology and, indeed, the internet itself.
The future world that he is helping to create is a long way from his childhood home in Cochabamba, Bolivia, where he attended an all-boys Catholic school before continuing his education with a degree in Computer Systems Engineering from the Universidad Católica Boliviana in La Paz, the capital. While his education in Bolivia provided a great basis of practical technical skills, Dr. Koller Jemio longed to learn more about the underpinnings of computer operating systems. He managed to achieve that goal by joining the systems lab of Professor Raju Rangaswami at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami as a research assistant. Prof. Rangaswami turned out to be one of the greatest mentors and inspirations he could have encountered.
After earning his Ph.D., Dr. Koller Jemio began to apply the research skills he learned in a lab setting to the real world as an OS kernel engineer for VMware, where he worked on an important project related to migration of virtual machines between public and private clouds. In this role, he gained valuable experience maximizing the quality and efficiency of computer code in a production environment. It wasn’t long before he was able to achieve his long-time dream of joining the IBM Research team. He immediately got to work in the exploding field of cloud computing just at the moment when he could apply his talents to innovations in some of the fundamental building blocks of newer, more efficient and secure cloud server systems.
In addition to his patents and the 22 technical publications, Dr. Koller Jemio has authored and has been recognized numerous times throughout his career. Among his many awards and honors include the Best Graduate Student Award from FIU, and the Best Intern project award for his summer internship from VMware. He regularly contributes to the technical community at large through his work in open source collaboration and through his invitation-only participation in eleven technical program committees of important publications and conferences.
Dr. Koller Jemio also understands the importance to giving back and being part of the Hispanic community. He is a role model for his community back home in Bolivia, and also volunteers by mentoring young students at a local school in Port Chester, NY where the community is mostly Hispanic. He is also a skilled Bolivian folk dancer who is always looking for an opportunity to practice.
-By Vinnie Longobardo