Dr. Parris is currently the Vice President, Software Research at the General Electric Global Research Center in Niskayuna, NY. In this role he is responsible for all of the analytics, software and software systems research for GE’s Industrial and Capital businesses. Dr. Parris is an Officer of the General Electric Company.
Dr. Parris previously worked at IBM from 1994 to 2014. At IBM, he was an executive for 16 years in roles that spanned research, software development, technology management, and P&L management. He was the Vice President, System Research at the IBM T J Watson Research Division, the Vice President Software Development of IBM largest system software development lab (6,000+ software developers world wide), Vice President of Corporate Technology, and the Vice President and General Manager of the IBM Power Systems (i.e. responsible for IBM’s $ 5 B+ P&L Unix System and Software business). He had been a member of the IBM Integration and Values Team (top 300 executives worldwide) for 11 years until 2014 and was a member of the IBM Performance Team (top 60 executives worldwide) in his role as General Manager of IBM Power Systems.
Dr. Parris received a Doctorate of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley (Ph.D.E.E.), a Masters in the Science of Management (M.S.M.) from Stanford University (as a Sloan Fellow), a Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley (M.S.E.E.C.S.), and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering at Howard University (B.S.E.E.). He has also received various technical and community honors and awards and has published several technical papers and has 6 patents.