The CSC Alumni Hall of Fame was established to celebrate and recognize the exemplary contributions outstanding graduates have made to their profession, their community, and to the world at large. Award winners serve as an inspiration for current and future students, while promoting the department’s global impact for producing incredible talent that embodies the University’s mantra to “Think and Do the Extraordinary!”
Jim Fletcher graduated from N.C. State University in 1976 with a BS degree in Computer Science. He is an active member of the North Carolina State University Office of Technology Commercialization and New Ventures’ Executive-in-Residence program which pairs experienced industry executives with NC State faculty and entrepreneurs who are involved in the launch of a start-up company for continued coaching and guidance.
Nominator, Dr. Alan Tharp says, “Jim was a student in one of my first AI classes in the early 70s. To motivate the students to apply some of the AI techniques, each student developed a program to play the game of 3D tic-tac-toe. At the end of the semester, the class had a single elimination tournament. It was not possible to easily connect the programs then. So one player would give his program's output out loud to the other player who would then enter it into his or her program. That program would then generate its next move. Jim Fletcher's program won that tournament. So he was off to an impressive start.”
Indeed, Jim’s ability to solve complex technical challenges with innovative and creative solutions served him well during his extensive career at IBM. He was named a Distinguished Engineer at IBM, a prestigious and highly selective honor. In addition, he served as chief architect for numerous technologies during his career including IBM Pervasive Computing, IBM Tivoli Monitoring, IBM Smarter Buildings, and Watson Internet of Things (IoT). He holds over 60 patents, has published numerous articles in blogs and technical journals, and co-authored three books. He was named a prestigious IBM Master Inventor, is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology, and continues to be a regular speaker at conferences worldwide on a range of emerging topics. Jim retired from IBM in 2017 as their CTO for their Watson IoT Platform. During his career at IBM, he also was recognized with two IBM Corporate Awards, and six Outstanding Technical Achievement Awards, which are presented for technical contributions of significant value to IBM.
Jim joined Momenta Partners as a Strategy Partner in 2017 and has been instrumental to supporting all Momenta practice areas from the office of the CTO. Jim is a proud award recipient stating:
"What an honor to be recognized by my alma mater, and inducted into such an esteemed group of colleagues"
According to Momenta Partner, Jesse DeMesa:
"Jim's induction into the Hall of Fame is a well-deserved honor. Jim is an extremely bright engineer, architect, and leader. His positive attitude and professionalism make him a pleasure to work with and he's a great asset to the Momenta team."