STEM Professional of the week

Adalberto Yanes      

In a career that spans 28 years, Al Yanes has been a prolific innovator who embodies the best of what a professional can achieve by leveraging his technical talent, passion and leadership to positively impact a company, an industry and his community.

As an IBM Distinguished Engineer, this technical executive in the Systems and Technology Group focuses on the architecture and enablement of PCI Express technology and the established I/O bus standard used by all IBM processors. Both of these directives are a key to the technology in all of its critical server products, like Power Systems and System Z. Power Systems architecture is the leading UNIX server in a multi-billion dollar business in which IBM Power Systems have consistently increased market share over the past four years.

Mr. Yanes is the president and chairman of the board of the Peripheral Component Interface-Special Interest Group (PSCI-SIG), an electronics industry consortium responsible for the development and dissemination of standards such as the PCI Express Computer bus found in all laptops, PCs and Servers. This is a non-profit corporation with more than 800 member companies representing every sector of computer hardware development and manufacturing. Its board of directors is comprised of nine of the largest firms competing in this arena. An executive leader of this diverse group of competitors, Mr. Yanes has successfully facilitated and driven cross industry collaborations. As an electrical engineer he’s significantly contributed to the technological advancement of PCI Express standard. He’s a Master Inventor whose patent portfolio includes 30 U.S. patents for PCI and other I/O technologies. Colleagues credit his exceptional leadership skills for inspiring his team to many significant accomplishments, including a one-pass design rarely seen in the industry.

Born in Santa Clara, Cuba, Mr. Yanes escaped with his family to Miami, Florida in 1965 to begin a new life. Later, as a promising high school student, he was selected to attend a two-week, all expense paid program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. The experience inspired him to enroll at Rensselaer to earn a B.S. degree in electrical engineering. He worked throughout high school and later worked his way through college via summer internships and a co-op program with IBM Endicott. For the first six years of his professional career, he worked at IBM in Tucson, AZ, and San Jose, CA where he led the ASIC design for IBM storage controllers. When he moved to Rochester, NY as the key designer and leader of the chip development team for the PCI Bridge chip used on Condor, his career began to soar toward its present heights.

At every stage of his education and career, Mr. Yanes has made time to give back to his community, both inside and outside of IBM. In college he volunteered at a homeless shelter in Troy. As a young professional in Tucson he volunteered to help homeless and runaway kids. He became a founding member of “Project Yes,” a youth enrichment program addressing the educational needs of mostly Hispanic students of South Tucson. He judged the FIRST Lego tournament for Iowa State and has made several presentations to its Hispanic engineering group. For six years he has coached or supervised IBM’s College Bowl team at GMiS and has made several presentations at the annual HENAAC conference. In 2010 IBM Rochester named Mr. Yanes a Champion of Diversity who challenges his teams to think big and to provide the best possible value to the site and to the Hispanic community, both inside and outside of IBM.

Mr. Yanes has a bachelor of science degree in computer engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and did graduate level work at Stanford University. In 2012, he received the HENAAC Information Technology Award at the HENAAC Conference.

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