Karsten Schwan

August 21, 1952September 28, 2015
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“When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful, look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.”

From The Prophet, by Kahlil Gibran


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Abhishek Singh

February 25, 2016

I came to know today. I have taken one of his courses and I was member of GTISC where I got an opportunity to interact with him. He was one of the passionate researcher and one of the best professor I have interacted with. I am sorry for your loss. Abhishek

Ravi Soundararajan

February 2, 2016

I apologize for this late entry. I just found out about this today. I have worked with many of Karsten's students while they were interns at VMware, and I've always appreciated their depth and breadth. They are a reflection of Karsten. He was a gem.

Frauke Reichard

December 4, 2015

Another memory: We are all still missing Karsten a lot!

Zhiyuan Zhan

October 27, 2015

I am so sorry to hear this. Karsten was in my PhD committee. He was one of the most passionate and dedicated researchers I have met in the Systems field. It is a tremendous loss to his family, Georgia Tech and everyone he has worked with. :( My thoughts are with his family... He will forever be dearly missed.


October 10, 2015

Dear Cheryl,

About Karsten's`death I`m very affected; I offer you one`s condolences.
I`m very sorry for you! It`s hard to live alone, in particular one has loved the Partner very much.
My dear husband, Erika's youngest brother, was near in the same age, when he died. It`s seventeen yeas ago ...

Best love greetings to you and your Family.

P.S. Sorry, I can only a bit English.

Vanish Talwar

October 10, 2015

I have known and collaborated with Karsten for about 10 years. He was a gem of a person at heart and sincerely dedicated to the advancement of technology. I enjoyed a lot working with him and learned so much interacting with him. I was impressed by his passion, positive energy, humbleness, principles, and care for others. He mentored me to success in so many occasions and I will always be grateful to him for all his help and many hours of great research and technology discussions. He will forever be missed and remembered.

Ming Zhao

October 9, 2015

I met Karsten when I was a student, later became his collaborator when I joined academia myself. Although I was not his student, I have learned so much and received so much help from him. He was a great researcher in the systems field, a great advisor to his students, and a great leader of the community. He was a most inspiring role model to me, and no matter how busy he was, he was always willing and ready to help out. He was such a great character and will surely be missed by many. To Karsten's family, please accept my deepest and heartfelt condolences.

Marcia Angel

October 9, 2015

We were lucky enough to have Karsten for a brother-in-law thanks to my sister's excellent taste. He will always stand out as being kind and patient, easy to talk to, and very smart. He loved his work with a passion, as he loved his family. Karsten was so proud of his children's accomplishments and goals. And as for my sister Cheryl, well, whenever she walked into a room where Karsten was, his eyes would light up. He always delighted in being around her. We will miss him very, very much.
Marcia and Mitchell Angel

October 9, 2015

Karsten was one of the strongest and most active faculty when I joined Georgia Tech as dean in 1990. He continued in that way for the next 12 years while I was dean, and then well beyond. Moreover, he was always engaged in the affairs of the College of Computing and was not afraid to offer his opinions and suggestions. He was always courteous, friendly, and I considerd him to be a good friend. I will miss him. Peter Freeman

Pradeep Fernando

October 9, 2015

Dear Prof Cheryl and Family,

I am a PhD student who worked under prof. Schwan. I can not believe he is gone. He is a genius in the field. However I value, his humbleness and the kindness he showed, the most. I miss my adviser/mentor, it will be hard to replace him as he was the best adviser student could ask.

My heartfelt condolences to Karstens family.