UMR Connects ~ 100 Years of IBM: A View from IBM Rochester

Date: 06/14/2011

Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Location: Peace Plaza or 4th floor UMR if rain

Cost: FREE


In 1956, IBM purchased nearly 400 acres of land in Rochester, Minnesota and launched a significant presence in manufacturing, engineering, and innovation that has been felt across the state and around the world. This presentation will focus on IBM Rochester's activities across more than a half-century, setting these achievements into a wider context as IBM celebrates its centennial history (1911-2011). Rochester's manufacturing expertise evolved over the years into a specialty in engineering and innovation, resulting in notable achievements in computer storage, computer-game chips, a string of successful mid-range computers, and the landmark Blue Gene supercomputer. In many ways, IBM Rochester helped bring about the transformation of Minnesota into a "digital state".

Thomas Misa directs the Charles Babbage Institute at the University of Minnesota, where he is a faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and teaches in the Program for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine. He is the author or editor of seven books, including, Leonardo to the Internet: Technology and Culture from the Renaissance to the Present (Johns Hopkins University Press 2011; second edition).

Please note: this event will take place on the Peace Plaza "Go Rochester Direct" stage.  In the event of inclement weather, we will move to the 4th floor of UMR.


  • Name: Mary DeWitt
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  • Sponsored by: Rochester-Continuing Education and Professional Development

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