Degrees:B.S. Computer Science, West Virginia University
M.P. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Susan A. Luerich is a staff engineer with IBM's Retail Store Solutions. She is responsible for setting the direction for display and touch technologies for IBM's Point of Sale (POS) products, as well as working on the development of these products. She currently sits on the Board of Directors of VESA (Video Electronics Standards Association), an organization composed of all the major companies in the display industry, whose mission it is to provide standards for ensuring interoperability of displays and graphics subsystems from different companies.
Susan has been with IBM for 27 years, the past 12 years of which has been spent working with some aspect of display and touch technology. Prior to that she was the lead manufacturing engineer for IBM's holographic disk, which was used in IBM's barcode scanners in the 1980s, during which time she developed new processes for the design and manufacture of these disks.
She has filed 2 patents, written several technical disclosures and papers, and has received both informal and formal IBM awards for service and quality.
This career path was a shift from her initial career as a computer programmer where she worked mainly in IS, installing, testing, and supporting mainframe operating systems for large complexes in IBM.
For the past 8 years, Susan has participated in the Research Triangle Park Science and Math "Scientist in the Classroom" program. This is a non-profit organization which places engineers and scientists as volunteer lecturers in area schools, with a goal of increasing interest among students in science curricula, by supplementing teachers' knowledge and giving demonstrations using high tech equipment which the schools could not afford.
Susan earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from West Virginia University, and a Master of Science in Physics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
She and her husband reside in Cary, North Carolina.