Maria Azua was named one of the “100 Most Important Hispanics in Technology and Business for 2006” by Hispanic Engineer and Information Technology magazine. She has also received the HENAAC Award for Outstanding Technical Achievement.
Maria graduated with honors and a bachelor’s degree in math and physics from the University of Puerto Rico. She also obtained a master’s in computer science from the University of Miami and an MBA from Florida Atlantic University. She went on to earn her Ph.D. in Computing Science from Pace University
Dr. Azua joined IBM in 1989 and held a variety of technical staff and management positions at the IBM Corporation. She led more than a 1,000 people in support of a variety of business processes in customer relationship management (CRM) technology, healthcare, and financial technology.
She earned the most prestigious technical recognition available at IBM. An IBM Distinguished Engineer and Master Inventor, she garnered 45 approved patents and 43 applications pending. She was a member of the IBM Academy of Technology, a think tank of 300 of IBM’s top technologists and scientists. She also guided other IBM technologists on how to write patent applications and succeed in a technical career.
Dr. Azua mentors a long list of technical protege.
Currently, she is senior vice president, Distributed Hosting Services for Fidelity Investments, the second-largest mutual fund, and financial services group in the world. She is responsible for IT infrastructure services related to Cloud, virtualized servers, storage, network, data centers, databases, web services, and IT operations.
Prior to Fidelity, Dr. Azua was Barclays director for engineering. She was responsible for leading ~530 colleagues in the implementation of global engineering strategy, designs, and technologies in support of the bank’s business units.
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