Nicholas Donofrio is the former Executive Vice President of Innovation and Technology at the IBM Corporation—where he worked for 44 years. He brings vast experience in the technology innovation space to WOS and is passionate about advancing education, employment, and career opportunities for underrepresented minorities and women in the STEM.
He previously served on the Board of Directors for the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) and was NACME’s Board Chair from 1997 through 2002. He also served on the Board of Directors for INROADS, a non–profit organization focused on the training and development of talented minority youth for professional careers in business. In 2005 Donofrio was appointed by the U.S. Department of Education to serve on the Commission on the Future of Higher Education; a 20–member delegation of business and university leaders charged with developing a new national strategy for post–secondary education that will meet the needs of Americas diverse population and also address the economic and workforce needs of the country’s future.
He holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a master's degree in the same discipline from Syracuse University. Donofrio has received honorary doctorates from Polytechnic University (now NYU-Poly), the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom, Marist College, University of Edinburgh, Pace University, National University of Ireland-Maynooth, as well as Syracuse University.