Kevin Warren is the founding Chief Operating Officer of Utopus Insights responsible for both customer support and day-to-day operations. Prior to this position, Kevin Warren was a Distinguished Research Staff Member of the Smarter Energy Research Institute in IBM Research and led the Clean Energy Strategy efforts worldwide for IBM Research. As a Senior Manager, he led a team focused on energy and weather.
He originally joined IBM Research in 1992 after obtaining a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He remained at Research until 2005, finally leading the VLSI Design Team, at the time the largest second line organization in IBM Research.
In 2005, he became a Director in IBM's Semiconductor Research and Development Center. In this role he transformed the process for defining new technologies into a collaborative effort between design and technology that is now standard practice and has been used for three technology generations. He was responsible for the all phases of this process, from concept to on-time product delivery to IBM and to its customers and partners. In addition, he served as Management Committee Member for two IBM multi-party partnerships with multi-million annual revenue. He had responsibility for an annual expense budget for the division in excess of $700M. He managed over 200 technical team members, including partner employees. He has also managed remote technical teams in France, Korea, and Israel.
He returned to Research in 2014 and took on a leadership position in Smarter Energy to apply his experience and skills to make a positive difference to our common future.
Prior to joining IBM, while still a graduate student, he was a Principal in a startup for flat panel displays from 1986 until it sold to a major Japanese technology firm in 1992. During that time, he was responsible for technical direction as well as aspects of technical design, build and delivery of the system hardware.