Inaugural Lecture

Al Bunshaft - April 20, 2012
Managing Director, North America

How to have a career and a life even if your goals aren’t clear yet

Al BunshaftAl Bunshaft is the managing director of Dassault Systèmes’ Americas. He brings to Dassault Systèmes more than 25 years of developing and delivering innovative technology solutions to customers. He has held numerous leadership positions in technology, R&D, sales, and product development. In his role at Dassault Systèmes, Bunshaft is responsible for the structure, management and evolution of the 3000-person business operations in North America, including the sales and development facilities of the five Dassault Systemes brands residing in the geography.

Prior to joining Dassault Systèmes, Bunshaft served as global vice president of IBM PLM and led the company’s strategic partnership with Dassault Systèmes. He played a critical role in leading a number of major manufacturing companies to transition from physical to digital design, and was instrumental in the development of the first automobile designed through an all-digital process.

Previously, Al held numerous executive positions at IBM. He led IBM’s Unix business in Asia and was based in Tokyo from 1998 - 2002. Prior to that Al was based in Austin, Texas and was IBM’s Director of Graphics Workstation Development where he was instrumental in the development of the first 3D graphics programming languages as well as the early development of virtual reality systems. He first joined IBM in 1984 at the company’s Kingston, New York, Development Lab as a computer graphics programming lead.

Prior to joining IBM, Bunshaft was a member of the research staff at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s, National Science Foundation sponsored Center for Interactive Computer Graphics. He received his M.S. in Computer Engineering from RPI and holds a B.S. in Computer Science and Mathematics from the State University of New York at Albany.

Bunshaft serves on the boards of numerous educational committees, including middle school, high school and university level organizations. He has been actively involved in supporting educational activities for the past 20 years.

Additional Information


The University at Albany Foundation logoEstablished through the generosity of Albert Bunshaft ’80 and Caryn Bunshaft ’82, The Bunshaft Endowment in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences provides support for this lecture, which was designed to provide information to the student community about a broad range of topics related to careers in computing science.