IBM Exec to Give Two Talks for Students Thurs., Sept. 4

By Jennifer Donovan | Published

Michigan Tech alumnus John Soyring, IBM's vice president for solutions and software, will give two talks on campus for students Thursday, Sept. 4.

His first, "Banker to the Poor: Computer Science and Social Responsibility," will be held at 3 p.m. in Dow 641 for business management and introductory computer science students.

His second, for first-year engineering students, is "Your Future: Michigan Tech and Beyond," at 6 p.m. in the Rozsa Center.

Both talks are free and open to the public; seating is limited.

In his evening talk, Soyring will discuss how to identify innovation that really matters to business and society and how to develop the core competencies needed to be a top contributor, both as a student and in the business world.

In "Banker to the Poor," he will touch on micro-lending, including the work Muhammed Yunus and the Grameen Foundation to fight poverty through very small loans that enable the poor to start businesses. Soyring guides IBM's support of the project in line with the company's investment strategy "Innovation that Matters—For Our Company and for the World."

Soyring joined IBM in 1976 after graduating from Michigan Tech with a BS in Electrical Engineering. In his current position, he provides global business leadership for a multi-billion-dollar portion of the IBM software business. He has received an honorary doctorate in engineering from Michigan Tech and is a member of the University's National Campaign Committee, a group of 10 select alumni and friends who are steering and advising the current fundraising campaign.

Michigan Technological University is a public research university, home to more than 7,000 students from 60 countries. Founded in 1885, the University offers more than 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science and technology, engineering, forestry, business and economics, health professions, humanities, mathematics, and social sciences. Our campus in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula overlooks the Keweenaw Waterway and is just a few miles from Lake Superior.