Mark Dean

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Mark Dean

Mark Dean - Inventor

- Born in Jefferson City, Tennessee on March 2, 1957- He is an only child and is married to Lisa Smith, with a son named Mark Dean II- A bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Tennessee, a masters degree from Florida Atlantic University, and a Ph.D from Stanford University- He is an electrical engineering professor at the University of Tennessee


- One of the top engineers at IBM- Developed pieces of internal architecture that allows a computer to communicate with a printer and other devices, which is still used to this day- Holds three of IBMs nine original patents that the modern PC is based off of including the Gigaherts - Worked in IBM as CTO, an executive-level position- Holds over 30 patents contributing to computer science and engineering

Life Obstacle

He grew up in a town that was predominantly white and attended a segregated school with only a handful of black kids, so he learned in a segregated classroom He had to break down racial barriers to achieve success

Works Cited

Mark Dean impacted the 21st Century by influencing computers and the view on electrical engineering Americans have today. Without Mark Dean’s inventions, many computers today would be in black and white, rather than multiple colors. To add on, he invented the gigahertz chip, this chip improves the speed and efficiency of computers and it’s connections. Both of these fabrications improved and expanded the technology age that is now today. Dean has received many awards and recognitions to support his work such as the Black Engineer of the Year Award and was named one of the Innovators of the 21st Century, which only ⅓ of African Americans hold. Also, Dean was the first African American to be honored as an IBM fellow. Mark Dean continues to spread his mark by teaching at the University of Tennessee to inspire students to achieve their dreams and invent.


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