Figen Ülgen, PhD

Figen Ülgen, PhD, is General Manager of the Rack Scale Design Group within the Datacenter Group at the Intel Corporation. Ülgen oversees product and solutions roadmap as well as total cost of ownership (TCO) strategy for Rack Scale Design, which is an innovative way of building data centers of the future.

Ülgen joined Intel in 2014, where she led as General Manager for HPC Software and Cloud developing and promoting HPC Platform Software technologies for the HPC ecosystem. She founded the award-winning OpenHPC Community under Linux Foundation with a group of
ecosystem partners to democratize HPC. During her time with the HPC Software and Cloud, the team shipped Intel® HPC Orchestrator, a fully supported production quality software product in less than 18 months—concept to general availability. Prior to that, she was a Senior Director
with Microsoft for over a decade in various leadership roles in Data Science, Azure Public Cloud and HPC teams. Her 25 year global industry experience includes technology innovation, competitive strategy, software product planning and management, as well as driving change
across large organizations worldwide. Before Microsoft, Ülgen worked at McKinsey & Co., Motorola and Justsystem Corporation in Japan.

With a passion for serving underprivileged youth and women in technology field, Ülgen sits on the Saturday Academy Board of Directors and is regularly invited to speak on behalf of women in technology.

Ülgen earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering, a Master’s Degree in Expert Systems under a Fulbright Scholarship and a PhD in Machine Learning under the Japanese Government Ministry of Education Scholarship. She holds two U.S. patents.

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