Awards and Distinctions

Sam Lightstone

Sam Lightstone

Distinguished Engineer at IBM
BIO: Sam Lightstone is Distinguished Engineer for relational Cloud Data repositories as well as co-founder of IBM's technology incubation initiative.He is author or several books, papers, and patents on computer science, careers, and data engineering.
Sam Lightstone
2016 Best of IBM, for leadership in the strategic development and R&D of IBM’s next generation cloud data warehouse with MPP scale-out. Maui Hawaii, May 6-9, 2016
2015 Thirteenth level plateau IBM Invention Achievement Award (each plateau is achieved by 4 new patent applications, or a combination or patent applications and invention publications).
2014 Spotlight Session – “BLU Acceleration: The Future of Analytics in the Era of Faster than RAM Computing” IDUG DB2 Tech Conference, Pheonix Arizona, May 12-16 2014
2014 IBM Corporate Award, for leadership in the strategic development and R&D of IBM’s next generation analytic processing engine “BLU Acceleration”
2014 Best of IBM, for leadership in the strategic development and R&D of IBM’s next generation analytic processing engine “BLU Acceleration”. Mauritius.
2014 Twelfth level plateau IBM Invention Achievement Award.
2013 IBM Master Inventor. Reinstated for a 3rd consecutive term.
2013 Eleventh level plateau IBM Invention Achievement Award
2012 Keynote Speaker, S. Lightstone, “Thinking Outside the Bits”, Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing, China, September 3, 2012.
2012 Keynote Speaker, “Thinking Outside the Bits”, Connections2012, The 8th University of Toronto Electrical and Computer Engineering Graduate Symposium, May 15 2012.
2012 Tenth level plateau IBM Invention Achievement Award.
2011 IBM Corporate Award for leadership in the development of IBM’s multi-lingual database dialect technology.
2009 Ninth level plateau IBM Invention Achievement Award
2009 IBM Corporate Award for innovation and client impact contributions to DB2 Viper.
2006 Keynote speaker, “The need for ease: development principles for successful autonomic computing projects”, 3rd IEEE International Workshop on Engineering of Autonomic Systems (EASe 2006), March 30, 2006, Postdam Germany
2006 Eighth level plateau IBM Invention Achievement Award
2006 IBM Team Award, DB2 9 Innovation: Self Tuning Memory Manager
2006 Seventh level plateau IBM Invention Achievement Award
2005 2004 Yearly Express Award, a team award for contributions to the usability of DB2 UDB Express.
2005 Outstanding Leadership Award. Awarded annually to members of the Toronto Lab management team who demonstrate strong leadership skills, people management skills, serve as role models, commit to employee development and build organizational capability. Winners are nominated by their employees and colleagues. The Toronto Lab has ~ 2000 employees.
2005 Outstanding Technical Achievement for Autonomics, IBM Canada, for technical leadership in Autonomic Computing technology in DB2 UDB LUW version 8.2.
2005 Sixth level plateau IBM Invention Achievement Award.
2004 Fifth level plateau IBM Author Recognition Award
2004 Fifth level plateau IBM Invention Achievement Award.
2004 Fourth level plateau IBM Author Recognition Award
2004 Master Inventor, IBM Canada for contributions to IBM intellectual property.
2004 Sixth level plateau IBM Author Recognition Award
2003 Keynote speaker, Workshop on Autonomic Computing Principles and Architectures (AUCOPA’ 2003) at the 1st IEEE Conference on Industrial Informatics (INDIN 2003), Banff Alberta, Canada.
2003 Outstanding Technical Achievement Award, IBM Canada, for technical leadership in Autonomic Computing.
2003 Third Level Plateau IBM Author Recognition Program
2003 Third level plateau IBM Invention Achievement Award.
2002 IBM Supplemental Patent Award. This award presented for co-inventing one of IBM’s more profitable patents, US patent 6,088,705.
2002 Second level plateau IBM Invention Achievement Award.
2002 Second Level Plateau IBM Author Recognition Program

First Level Plateau IBM Author Recognition Program

1999 Appreciation Award. A monetary award from IBM Canada presented for contributions to DB2 recruiting.
1999 First Level Plateau IBM Invention Achievement Award
1997 High Demand Skills Award. A monetary award from IBM Canada, based on technical skill.
1994 Best Paper. Voted best paper at the 7th Annual IBM Software Testing Symposium. Boca Raton FLA.
1993 Team Success Award. Contribution to teamwork that produced an industry recognized, high-quality product.
1992 Contribution Award. From IBM Canada, for a proposal to the IBM Canada Innovation Invitational.
1992 First Patent Application Achievement Award. From IBM Canada for a first patent application filing.
1990 Value In Performance Award. A monetary ward from IBM Canada, for outstanding job performance.
1986 Ontario Scholar
1986 Four awards. From the Ottawa Regional Science Fair for a project dealing with a new model of digital data storage invented by the authors.
1984 Four awards. From the Ottawa Regional Science Fair for a project on the physics of music and human perception of musical consonance and dissonance.