Brenda Dietrich is an IBM Fellow and Vice President in the IBM Research Divisions. She leads IBM's research activities in Business Analytics and Mathematical Sciences, and supports software products and consulting in these areas. She is responsible for both basic research in computational mathematics and related fields, and the development of novel business applications based on the application of mathematical models within industry. She has been the president of INFORMS, the worlds largest professional society for Operations Research and Management Sciences. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the IE/MS department of Northwestern University, a member of the Board of Governors of the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (and NSF Center based at the University of Minnesota) and on the Industrial Advisory Board for DIMACS (a Discrete Mathematics and Computer Science Research center at Rutgers. She holds a dozen patents, has co-authored numerous publications, and co-edited the book Mathematics of the Internet: E-Auction and Markets. She holds a BS in Mathematics from UNC and an MS and Ph.D. in OR/IE from Cornell. Her personal research includes manufacturing scheduling, services resource management, transportation logistics, integer programming, and combinatorial duality.