Evangelos Eleftheriou received a Diploma degree (5-year program) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Patras, Greece, in 1979, and M.Eng. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, in 1981 and 1985, respectively.
He joined the IBM Research – Zurich laboratory in Rueschlikon, Switzerland, as a Research Staff Member in 1986. Since 1998, he has held various management positions and in 2008 was named head of the Storage Technologies Department of IBM Research – Zurich, which focuses on phase-change memories, scanning-probe techniques and metrology, as well as tape drive technology and solid-state drive technology and systems.
He holds over 90 patents (granted and pending applications). He was named a Master Inventor at IBM Research in 1999.
Dr. Eleftheriou was editor of the IEEE Transactions on Communications from 1994 to 1999 in the area of Equalization and Coding. He was Guest Editor of the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications special issues "The Turbo Principle: From Theory to Practice" as well as of the IEEE Transactions on Control Systems special issue on "Dynamics and Control of Micro- and Nano-scale Systems".
He was co-recipient of the 2003 IEEE Communications Society Leonard G. Abraham Prize Paper Award. He was also co-recipient of the 2005 Technology Award of the Eduard Rhein Foundation.
In 2005, he was appointed an IBM Fellow and inducted into the IBM Academy of Technology. In 2009, he was co-recipient of the IEEE CSS Control Systems Technology Award and of the IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology Outstanding Paper Award. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Greece and a Fellow of the IEEE.