Women in Technology Hall of Fame

Jian (Jane) Xu

Jian (Jane) Xu

Distinguished Engineer, CTO, China Systmes and Technology Labs, IBM

Inducted in 2008

Jane Xu is a technical leader and distinguished engineer in IBM. Her role is the chief technology officer of the newly founded IBM China Systems and Technology Labs (CSTL). She is also a visiting professor at Shanghai Tongji University. She is an IBM AP women executive council member, co-leader of the IBM AP Women in Technology Networking Group, and Shanghai Women Diversity Group.

She drives the technical strategy of firmware, systems management software, storage and technology development, testing, and customer engagements.

Since taking this assignment in July 2005, Jian has been a passionate coach and mentor to the next generation of software engineers while creating business opportunities in cutting-edge areas such as multicore technology, energy saving, environmental improvement, and future network data center. Previously, she worked as an executive assistant at the IBM Almaden Research Center and boasted the highest non-executive position an engineer can hold at IBM.

Since 2002, Jian has worked in IBM systems and technology group. Before going to China, she led the advanced technology development of storage software. She was the lead architect of IBM’s information lifecycle management and grid storage products as well as the co-chair of the Global Grid Forum (GGF) File System Working Group. She led the IBM eBusiness OnDemand council storage working group as a member of IBM’s systems and technology group software architecture board.

In 2001, she worked in IBM Almaden Research Center as an executive assistant. From 1995 to 2000, Jian worked in IBM Software Group as a technical leader, delivering several IBM database middleware and XLM products. She joined IBM storage systems division in 1990, working on storage systems architecture.

Jian has received three IBM outstanding technical achievement awards and has filed 24 United States patents. She received special recognition awards from the Women of Color Technology Awards Conference in 2007 and 2005 respectively.

Jian earned her PhD degree in computer science from the University of Southern California in 1990, after receiving her BS and MS degrees in Computer Science from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, in 1985 and 1986 respectively. As a native of Shanghai, she came to the United States for higher education in 1982, determined to excel academically, which she went on to do very successfully.