Mark Dean, an alumnus of the University of Tennessee, will be the

commencement speaker at Saturday's commencement ceremonies.

Dean graduated from UT in 1979 in the Minority Engineering Program, and was

recently honored by being inducted into the National Inventor's Hall of


Following graduation, Dean went to work at IBM, where he has been ever


Dean has acquired 20 U.S. patents, including three of IBM's nine original

patents, according to the Fall 1999 issue of the Tennessee


In 1995, Dean was named an IBM Fellow, which is IBM's technical honor,

according to the magazine.

He has also been awarded the "Most Distinguished Engineer" Golden Torch

Award from the National Society of Black Engineers early this year.

Dean grew up in Jefferson City, Tenn., where his father managed several

dams for TVA.

Commencement will be held Saturday, Dec. 18 at 9 a.m. in Thompson-Boling