Listen to the Impressive Story of Kaoutar
Dr. Kaoutar El Maghraoui is a principal research scientist at the IBM T.J Watson Research Center where she is focusing on innovations at the intersection of systems and artificial intelligence (AI). She leads the End-Use experimental AI testbed of the IBM Research AI Hardware Center, a global research hub focusing on enabling next-generation accelerators and systems for AI workloads. Kaoutar has extensive experience and expertise in HPC, systems software, cloud computing, machine learning, and AI. She co-led IBM's Global Technology Outlook in 2017 where she contributed to creating IBM's vision for the future of IT across global labs and business units focusing on IBM's AI leadership. Kaoutar has co-authored several patents, conference, and journal publications in the areas of systems research, distributed systems and high performance computing, and AI.
Kaoutar received her PhD degree in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Troy, New York in 2007, a Master's degree in Computer Networks in 2001 from Al Akhawayn University, and a Bachelor's degree in Engineering from Al Akhawayn University. She was recognized with the American Association of University Women fellowship, the Robert McNaughton Award for best thesis in computer science at RPI, IBM's Eminence and Excellence award for leadership in increasing Women's presence in science and technology, IBM's Tier II award for contributions to the foundational POWER software technologies and promoting these systems in Africa, and 2 IBM's outstanding accomplishment awards for contributions to building cognitive virtual agents. In 2017, she was recognized by AfChix in 2017 as an African Women Role Model. Kaoutar is a senior member of ACM, IEEE Computer Society, and the Society of Women Engineers.
Kaoutar is an avid supporter and active member of several women in science and technology initiatives. She is the co-chair of the Arab Women in Computing organization, a global non-profit organization that aims to support, inspire, retain, encourage collaboration, increase visibility and status of Arab women in computing, enabling them to achieve their career aspirations. She served as co-chair of IBM Research Watson Women Network (WWN) in 2019. She has served in many technical conferences as co-chair, member of the program committee, and reviewer. Kaoutar was elected secretary-treasurer for ACM SIGOPS and co-chaired the Operating Systems Professional Community at IBM.
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