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Mischa Schwartz Wins Okawa Prize for Information, Telecommunications

Mischa Schwartz

Mischa Schwartz, Charles Batchelor Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering, has received the 2003 Okawa Prize from the Okawa Foundation for Information and Telecommunications. The prize is awarded to a person who has made outstanding contributions to the research, technological development and business in the field of information and telecommunications. Schwartz will travel to Japan for the ceremony and receive a certificate, a gold medal and a cash award of ten million yen.

"I'm honored by being considered by the Okawa Foundation and being selected by them as a recipient of this very prestigious prize," Schwartz said.

Schwartz joined Columbia in 1974. During his tenure he also spent time with IBM research, working in the field of wireless communication systems. He is a life fellow and former director of the IEEE. Schwartz is the author of nine books and more than 170 technical publications on communication theory and systems, signal processing and computer communication networks.

The society of Columbia Graduates awarded Schwartz the Great Teachers Award in 1983. He was founding Director, in 1985, of the Columbia University Center for Telecommunications Research (CTR), one of six national Engineering Research Centers established that year under major grants of the National Science Foundation.

Published: Dec 10, 2003
Last modified: Dec 10, 2003

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