Dr. Mark Dean

Dr. Mark Dean


Research Website: UTK Neuromophic Computing Group Website


CV: Dean CV Sept 2017


Classes Taught or Scheduled


COSC/ECE402 Senior Design, Fall 2015


ECE463 Introduction to Data Center Technology, Fall 2015


COSC/ECE402 Senior Design, Spring 2016


ECE462 Cyber Physical Systems Security, Spring 2016


COSC/ECE402 Senior Design, Fall 2017


ECE463 Introduction to Data Center Technology, Fall 2017


ECE462 Cyber Physical Systems Security, Spring 2018

            ECE462 CPS Final Project Description

            ECE462 Final Project Infrastructure Diagram


HITES'11 Syllabus - High School Student Project - Learning Arduino Systems

            - HITES'11 Project Kit, HITES'11 Project Demo

ECE599 Supercomputer Design and Analysis, Summer 2016 (class syllabus):

-  The class covered the design, implementation, testing and application optimization for a 64-node cluster using Raspberry Pi 3 for compute, storage and management nodes.

-  The project report and how-to documentation can be found here:  Big Orange Bramble (BOB) Project Report

Big Orange Bramble (BOB) – A 64-node Raspberry Pi 3 based Supercomputer


This project involved the design and construction of a high performance cluster composed of 64 quad-core ARMv8 64-bit Raspberry Pi 3s. The primary intent of the project was to establish the operating environment, communication structure, application frameworks, application development tools, and libraries necessary to support the effective operation of a high performance computer model for the students and faculty in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department of the University of Tennessee to utilize. As a foundation, the system borrowed heavily from the Tiny Titan system constructed by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which was a similar but smaller-scale project consisting of 9 first generation Raspberry Pis. Beyond the primary target of delivering a functional system, efforts were focused on application development, performance benchmarking, and delivery of a comprehensive build/usage guide to aid those who wish to build upon the efforts of this project.

The project report and how-to documentation for the system can be found here:  

Big Orange Bramble Project Report

BOB System - BOB System.JPG ,

BOB Development Team - BOB Development Team.JPG

BOB HW/SW System Overview video –


BOB HW/SW System Presentation Slides –

BOB HW/SW System Presentation Slides

BOB Update Slides

BOB Apps Analysis and Demonstrations (YouTube) –


BOB Apps Analysis and Demonstration Presentation Slides –

BOB Apps Analysis and Demo Slides

Daughter Card for Node Monitoring –

Daughter Card Schematic  Daughter Card BOM  Daughter Card Assembly  Daughter Card Gerber.zip


UTK Neuromophic Computing Group Website

IJCNN Presentation on Neuromorphic Computer App Development Platform

ISVLSI 2016 Presentation - Neuromorphic Computing Chip Design - DANNA

A Neuromorphic Software Ecosystem


Dean CV Sept 2017

Email Address


Mailing Address

Min H. Kao Building, Room 319
1520 Middle Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996-2250

Telephone Numbers

Office (voice): (865) 974-5784
Office (fax): (865) 974-5483

Research Interest



Dr. Mark E Dean is a John Fisher Distinguished Professor at the University of Tennessee College of Engineering. His research focus is in advanced computer architecture (beyond Von Neumann systems), data centric computing and computational sciences.

Prior to joining UT, Dr. Dean was Chief Technology Officer of the Middle East and Africa for IBM and an IBM Fellow. In this role he was responsible for technical strategy, technical skills development and exploring new technology based solutions for the region. These responsibilities include the development of solutions specific for the emerging needs of the businesses and cultures in industry segments such as mobile services (banking, healthcare, education, government), natural resource management (oil, gas, mining, forest, water), cloud based business services, and security (fraud protection, risk management, privacy, cybersecurity).

Dr. Dean was also vice president World Wide Strategy and Operations for IBM Research. In this role, he was responsible for setting the direction of IBM’s overall Research Strategy across eight worldwide labs and leading the global operations and information systems teams. These responsibilities include management of the division’s business model, research strategy, hiring, university relations, internal/external recognition, personnel development, innovation initiatives and the division’s operations.

During his career, Dr. Dean has developed all types of computer systems, from embedded systems to supercomputers, including testing of the first gigahertz CMOS microprocessor, and establishing the team that developed the Blue Gene supercomputer. He was also chief engineer for the development of the IBM PC/AT, ISA systems bus, PS/2 Model 70 & 80, the Color Graphics Adapter in the original IBM PC, and holds three of the nine patents for the original IBM PC. One invention -- the Industry Standard Architecture (ISA) "bus," which permitted add-on devices like the keyboard, disk drives and printers to be connected to the motherboard -- would earn election to the National Inventors Hall of Fame for Dean and colleague Dennis Moeller.

Dr. Dean received a BSEE degree from the University of Tennessee in 1979, an MSEE degree from Florida Atlantic University in 1982, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1992.

Dr. Dean’s most recent awards include: National Institute of Science Outstanding Scientist Award, member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, member of the National Academy of Engineering, IEEE Fellow, Black Engineering of the Year, the University of Tennessee COE Dougherty Award, member of the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame, and recipient of the Ronald H. Brown American Innovators Award.