G. Chris Stern

Title: Engineer
Company: IBM Corporation
Location: Thornton, Colorado, United States

G. Chris Stern, Engineer at IBM Corporation, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in engineering.

Mr. Stern became an Engineer because he was fascinated by the way things work. He would try to figure out how the gas came out of the stove, and then seeing the valve and noticing the similarities of the valve in the sink. After trying to dismember it in the beginning, it didn’t go as planned. His mother would remind him when he was young that she enjoyed when he put things back together instead of taking them apart. Mr. Stern carried this curiosity through to his higher education. He earned a Bachelor of Science in engineering physics from the University of Arizona in 1973. From there, he received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Utah in 1976.

A highlight of Mr. Stern’s career was when he was recognized as getting his first patent, with a meeting of about 300 engineers there, with others being recognized for their first patent as well. It was important because it showed how they will propel the company. Mr. Stern began his career as a process engineer at Alcoa Aluminum Corporation in 1977 and remained in that position until 1980. In 1988, he joined the IBM Corporation as an engineer and manager and has held that position to this day. Throughout his career, Mr. Stern has 21 shared patents on building devices, coaching a material on a circuit and packing material, among others. As a testament to his success, Mr. Stern was named Outstanding Young Men of America by the U.S. Jaycees in 1981. He was inducted as a member of the Society of Materials and Process Engineers, the Old Pueblo Playwrights and is listed in the 22nd edition of Who’s Who in the West.

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