Volunteer Spotlight: Eric Schwarz


Eric Schwarz


Retired Transactions on Computers Associate Editor Eric Schwarz discusses his interest and accomplishments in the field of computing.

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Q.Tell me a little about your research area and what motivated you to get into it?

A. I am involved in computer arithmetic research. I got a job with IBM in microprocessor development which was interesting since it is the central part of a computer. Computer arithmetic was interesting since I am very good in math.

Q. What are some of your proudest accomplishments?

A. In industry, being the part of the development of several microprocessors and eventually being core lead on a couple of them.

Q. What motivated you to become an Associate Editor for the IEEE TC?

A. I wanted to serve the community to a greater capacity and wanted to influence the state of the art in literature.

Q. What is the best part of being an Associate Editor and will you encourage others to take up this role?

A. I think it is seeing the inter-workings of the acceptance of papers. I would encourage those in research to go after it but I am not sure about those in industry. This is because it does not add to ones notoriety in industry.

Q. How do you see your research field shaping up and what are the major directions?

A. Everything is getting faster and more integrated.

Q. What advice would you give to junior researchers and graduate students?

A. Find a passion and pursue it.

Q. What profession would you be in if you weren't in this field?

A. I would p robably try to be entrepreneur and start a business, maybe in the tourist field such as golf.

Q. Any final thoughts?

A. We need more AEs and we need to tap them in their specialties only. It is difficult to be an AE for a paper that is not exactly in your specialty. Also it gets harder and harder to get reviewers to donate their time in some specialties.