(Baltimore, MD) February 17, 2007–Rodney C. Adkins, Vice President of Development, IBM Systems & Technology Group, will be awarded the coveted 2007 Black Engineer of the Year Award at a Black Tie Gala held at the Baltimore Convention Center.

Adkins leads IBM´s $2.5 billion research and development organization, and is responsible for the development of IBM´s portfolio of server, storage, printer, and technology products. Adkins´ team of more than 13,000 technical professionals in 25 locations spanning 12 countries is responsible for more than half of the patents issued to IBM employees in 2005. His leadership and knowledge has helped establish IBM as the technology and product leader in the information technology industry.

During his time as IBM Vice President of Development, Adkins produced technologies and products including processors for Nintendo, Sony, and Xbox, IBM BlueGene and IBM pSeries–the world´s fastest supercomputers, high performance UNIX systems, industry leading Blade Center systems, and brought to operation one of the first state-of-the-art 300mm silicon processing facilities.

Adkins´ peers credit him with having the biggest development job in the industry, and for being a blend of leader, technology guru, and caring people manager. In 2005, Adkins made nearly 50 site visits, meeting with employees individually, as well as in larger group settings. He is an official mentor to 44 employees, and unofficially mentors hundreds of others.

"Rod´s blend of technical, business and people skills is a superb justification for his nomination for the Black Engineer of the Year Award, and the IBM company is proud to nominate him for this major national recognition." Samuel J. Palmisano, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, IBM

Adkins was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2005. He has been recognized as an information technology leader by Black Engineer of the Year–Top 50 Blacks in Technology since 2004, and Professional Achievement in Industry in 1996. Computerworld magazine recognized Adkins as one of its Premier 100 IT Leaders for Innovation in 2004. In 2002, Fortune magazine named Adkins one of the 50 most powerful black executives in America.

The Black Engineer of the Year Award rewards excellence in development and delivery of technology. US Black Engineer & Information Technology (USBE & IT) magazine applauds the efforts of Rodney C. Adkins and is proud to recognize his achievements.

For more information about the Black Engineer of the Year Award visit www.beya.org or www.ccgmag.com .

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