Dr. Kolar is an IBM Fellow with IBM Research focused on environmental monitoring and management. He has worked across several IBM divisions in technical, management, and executive roles to advance cross-industry application of new technologies, including advanced analytical methods, information and knowledge management, pervasive/embedded real-time intelligent systems, and sensor-based, cyberphysical systems. Dr. Kolar currently leads a team of IBM researchers on The Jefferson Project at Lake George, NY, an integrated environmental observatory and modeling system. Dr. Kolar also led the SmartBay Galway project with the Marine Institute of Ireland, an underwater acoustic monitoring project for sustainable ocean energy with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, and was the technical advisor for the River and Estuary Observatory Network (REON) at the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries in New York.
Dr. Kolar holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in physics and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in the science and engineering of materials. He is an Adjunct Professor of Physics at Arizona State University and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Biotechnology at Dublin City University in Ireland. He is also a District Advocate for the American Physical Society at the U.S. Congressional level.