Steven Hunter

Adjunct Professor


Steve has been active in both industry and academia. In industry, he joined IBM in the networking division in 1984 where he developed products, technology and standards. He later moved into IBM's x86 server organization to focus on clustering by being systems architect, and later CTO, of BladeCenter and defining Infiniband as an initial cluster interconnect standard. Steve continued to develop next generation systems, technology and standards and was later asked to join the IBM Research Next Generation Computing team as chief system architect, which included the development of a multicore processor for edge-of-network systems and applications for which he was designated an IBM Fellow. He continued to work in the areas of systems, networking, distributed storage, high availability, power-efficiency, and acceleration (papers and patents available), while part of both IBM Research and Systems until he retired June 2018 after 35 years.

In academia, Steve has been an ECE and CSC adjunct professor since January 2000 where he has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in computing and networking. He has most recently taught graduate level courses on Parallel Computing Architectures and Cloud Resiliency. Steve is also a Graduate School Representative and has served on Ph.D. committees across multiple disciplines.

In his spare time, Steve enjoys the outdoors by running, biking, boating, fishing, hiking, etc.



  • Bachelor's 1984
    Electrical & Computer Engineering
    Auburn University
  • Master's 1988
    Electrical & Computer Engineering
    North Carolina State University
  • Ph.D. 1997
    Electrical & Computer Engineering
    Duke University


  • NC Professional Engineer
    Licensed Member
  • Research Triangle High School (STEM Charter)
    Board Member; Academic Excellence Committee Chair

Awards & Honors

NC State ECE Hall of Fame - 2019; IBM Management Award - 2011; IEEE Best Paper Award - 2011; Best of IBM - 2011; IBM Academy - 2011; IBM Fellow - 2011; IBM Corporate Award - 2005; IBM Distinguished Engineer - 2005; Gerstner Client Excellence Award - 2004; Author Recognition Award - 2003; Outstanding Technical Achievement Award (OTAA) - 2003; One Team Award - 2002; IBM Resident Study Award - 1993  


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