Earl Swartzlander is currently a professor of electrical and computer engineering and holder of the Schlumberger Centennial Chair in Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He holds degrees in electrical engineering from Purdue University, the University of Colorado, and the University of Southern California. In this position, he and his students conduct research in computer engineering, with an emphasis on application-specific processor design, including high-speed computer arithmetic, systolic signal processor architecture, very large system integration (VLSI) technology, and rapid prototyping. He teaches courses in computer architecture and high-speed computer arithmetic. Prior to joining the University of Texas in 1990, he held a variety of positions at TRW, including director of independent research & development, TRW/Defense Systems Group; manager of the digital processing laboratory, TRW/Electronics & Technology Division; and manager of the advanced development office, TRW/System Development Division.
He has served as an editor for IEEE Transactions on Computers, IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, and IEEE Journal of Solid-state Circuits. He was the editor in chief of IEEE Transactions on Computers, and was the founding editor in chief of the Journal of VLSI Signal Processing. He was a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Computer Society, the ADCOM/Board of Governors of the IEEE Signal Processing Society, and the IEEE Solid-state Circuits Council/Society.
He has chaired or co-chaired a number of conferences, including the IEEE International Conference on Application-Specific Architectures and Processors; the 31st Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems & Computers; the International Conference on Parallel and Distributed Systems; the 11th Symposium on Computer Arithmetic; the International Conference on Wafer Scale Integration; and the 5th IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems.
He is the author of one book, and the author or co-author of 32 book chapters, 54 refereed journal papers, 13 magazine articles, 220 conference papers. He is also the editor or co-editor of seven books.
He has won several awards, including the IEEE Third Millennium Medal, the Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award from the University of Colorado, the Outstanding Electrical Engineer and Distinguished Engineering Alumnus awards from Purdue University, Fellow of the IEEE, and IEEE Computer Society Golden Core Award.