Brian Schwartz / Physics

Started at the NML: 1995

Brian Schwartz

The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue, Room 9121
(212) 817-7521

Brian Schwartz is Professor of Physics at Brooklyn College and Director of the Science & the Arts Program and co-director of the New Media Lab at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY).  His research is in materials sciences, networks, transportation simulation, financial engineering, science education using sports and the communication of science to the public.   He has edited 9 books and published more than 125 articles in refereed journals.  In 2009 he won the American Institute of Physics Andrew Gemant Award for “ingenious creativity in engaging the public with the history and cultural aspects of physics and for inventing ways to celebrate physics through such varied vehicles as plays, musicals, exhibitions, street fairs, cabaret, posters, and operas.”

He obtained his undergraduate degree from the City College of New York and his Ph.D. degree in physics from Brown University.  Afterwards he conducted research and teaching in the physics department at MIT   He was a Dean and Vice President at Brooklyn College, the Associate Executive Officer of the American Physical Society and the Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs at the Graduate Center.  He was Co-principal Investigator of a $6 million dollar NSF grant titled Minority Access/ Networking in Science Technology Engineering and MathHe was also the Principal Investigator on a major NSF outreach grant, Science as Performance.   He works with scientists and artists and produces major public programs at the interface between science and theater, art, music and dance. With funding from the NSF and corporate and foundation support,  he has worked with the Feminist Press at CUNY to develop new and novel books and a website ( ) to encourage science careers for women.  He also received funding from the NSF to teach middle school teachers how they can use sports and movement to teach science and mathematics.  He currently teaches a popular course on cosmology for non-science major at Brooklyn College. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science