Mark Dean and his co-inventor Dennis Moeller created a microcomputer system with bus control means for peripheral processing devices. Their invention paved the way for the growth in the information technology industry. We can plug into our computers peripherals like disk drives, video gear, speakers, and scanners. Dean was born in Jefferson City, Tennessee, on March 2, 1957. He received his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from the University of Tennessee, his MSEE from Florida Atlantic University, and his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University. Early in his career at IBM, Mark Dean was chief engineer working with IBM personal computers. The IBM PS/2 Models 70 and 80 and the Color Graphic Adapter are among his early work. He holds three of IBM’s original nine PC patents.
Currently, Dean is vice president of performance for the RS/6000 Division. He was named an IBM fellow in 1996 and in 1997, received the Black Engineer of the Year President’s Award. Dean holds more than 20 patents. He was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 1997.
Students studying Information Technology in the Consumer Services, Information, and Transportation Academy at Greater New Bedford Voc-Tech learn all foundation the IT industry and gain valuable skills in program learn data entry, computer operations, coding and a variety of computer software applications before they specialize in one of two career areas, Information Support Services and Networking or Programming and Web Development.