Amanda Chessell was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Technology in recognition of her contribution to the computing and technology industry in the UK and globally.
Mandy Chessell has worked for IBM since 1987. She is an IBM Distinguished Engineer, Master Inventor and member of the IBM Academy of Technology. Her current role is the Chief Architect for Infosphere Solutions in IBM’s Software Group. In this role she designs common information integration patterns for different industries and solutions.
In earlier roles Mandy developed new features for the CICS, Encina, Txseries and Websphere products. She has filed 45 patents in the fields of transaction processing, event management, business process management and model-driven development. In addition to her technical responsibilities, Mandy is involved in initiatives designed to enhance the technical vitality of the IBM technical population.
These activities include mentoring, serving on technical career development and promotion boards, leading innovation projects, and running Women in technology events. Outside of IBM, Mandy is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a Visiting Professor at the University of Sheffield.
In 2001 she was the first woman to be awarded a Silver Medal by the Royal Academy of Engineering and in 2000 she was one of the TR100 young innovators identified by MIT’s Technology Review magazine.
In 2006 she won a British female innovators and inventors network (BFIIN) Building Capability award for her work developing innovative people and the BlackBerry 2006 Best Woman in Technology - Corporate Sector award. More recently she was granted an honorary fellowship of the Institution for Engineering Designers (IED) and she was named the 2012 Everywoman Innovator of the Year.