Adam Shwartz

Professor Adam Shwartz holds the Julius M. and Bernice Naiman Chair in the Andrew and Erna Viterbi Faculty of Electrical & Computer Engineering. He was one of the first directors of the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute, and is currently a member of its Board.

Professor Adam Shwartz has held many senior management positions at the Technion throughout his 37-year career. As vice dean of undergraduate studies from 2000 to 2002, he was responsible for modernizing most of the Technion’s computer systems dealing with students and teaching. Between 2002 and 2009, as deputy to the Director General, he headed administrative computer applications at the Technion, including finance. In 2009, he co-founded and co-chaired the Technion Computer Engineering Center.

From 2009 to 2013, he served as dean of the Technion’s electrical engineering faculty, recently renamed the Andrew and Erna Viterbi Faculty of Electrical & Computer Engineering. Then in 2014, he served for two years as director of the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech in New York City. Taking the reins when the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute was in its early stages, Prof. Shwartz had the opportunity to shape its strategic vision, and to oversee the development of its innovative dual-degree programs. Most recently, he served as Technion Senior Executive Vice President for nearly three years, stepping down in September 2019.

Prof. Shwartz is also a renowned academician. His main research interest is in stochastic processes, developing and applying mathematical tools to systems that exhibit random behavior. His specific focus is on the applications of stochastic processes to optimize very large and fast computer networks.

Born in Tel Aviv, Prof. Shwartz served as a fighter pilot in the Israeli Air Force from 1971 to 1977. He then earned his bachelor’s degrees in both physics and electrical engineering (cum laude) from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in 1979, and his master’s and doctoral degrees from Brown University in applied mathematics (1981) and electrical engineering (1983), respectively. In 1984, after post-doctoral positions at Brown and the University of Maryland, College Park, he joined the Technion.