James (Jim) McGroddy

Retired, International Business Machines (IBM) (New York, NY)

July 5, 2012

Jim McGroddy is a consultant and advisor to firms, universities and government agencies in the United States, Europe and Asia on a wide variety of technical and management subjects, with a focus on telecommunications, information technology and the use of these technologies in national security, healthcare and education. He is Chairman of the Board of MIQS, Inc., an electronic medical records company, and of Advanced Networks and Services, Inc.

Dr. McGroddy retired from IBM as Senior Vice President, Research at the end of 1996, after leading its research laboratories from 1989. During his tenure, which spanned the period of IBM’s most difficult challenges, he led a major restructuring of the company’s research efforts, building a model and management system which is now widely emulated because of its effectiveness in enhancing the return on the research and development investment. Two new research laboratories were started during his tenure.

Dr. McGroddy has served as an advisor to a number of government agencies. He was involved in the restructuring of the research and engineering function at the National Security Agency (NSA) in the U.S. and has chaired several National Academy panels on defense and national security issues.

Dr. McGroddy holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Maryland. He earned his B.Sc. in Physics from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. He is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering, and is a fellow of the American Physical Society and of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Role: Panel Member
Report: Informing Research Choices: Indicators and Judgment (July 2012)