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IBM Fellow and Department Head of Science & Technology at IBM Research
Heike Riel is a distinguished scientist known for advancing the frontiers of information technology through the physical sciences. She is IBM Fellow and Department Head of Science & Technology at IBM Research. She is responsible for leading the research agenda of the Science & Technology department aiming to create scientific and technological breakthroughs in Quantum Computing and Technologies, Physics of Artificial Intelligence, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology including IoT and health applications.
In 2013, Heike Riel was named IBM Fellow, the company’s highest technical distinction, and inducted into IBM’s Academy of Technology. She was recognized for her seminal contributions to and fundamental achievements in the science and technology of nanoscale electronics, in particular the exploration and development of semiconducting nanowires for applications in future electronic devices, molecular electronics for future nanoscale switches and memory applications, and organic light-emitting diodes for display applications. 
She earned a PhD in Physics from University of Bayreuth (Germany) in 2002 and a MBA from Henley Business College (UK) in 2010. In prior roles at IBM she had been leading the Materials Integration and Nanoscale Devices group, the Physical Sciences Department and the IoT Technology and AI Solutions Department at the T.J. Watson Research Center.
She has authored more than 140 peer-reviewed publications and filed more than 50 patents. She has received several major awards, e.g. the Applied Physics Award of the Swiss Physical Society, the TR100, she is elected Member of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences and of the Leopoldina, the German National Academy of Sciences, and received an honorary doctor by Lund University. In 2017 she was awarded the APS David Adler Lectureship Award in the Field of Materials Physics.

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