The 2018 USCB Student Research and Scholarship Day is dedicated to
Mr. Walter Schymik
Retired Computing Professional & USCB Supporter
Born in 1930, Walter Schymik grew up in a Philadelphia area suburb and later obtained his BS in chemical engineering at the University of Maryland. After serving as an officer in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, he was employed in the oil industry in California, where he specialized in mathematical optimization, early scientific computerization, and process control.
He managed a project to computerize railroad operations and joined IBM in Connecticut to plan advanced database software. During his time at IBM, he worked in the United Kingdom to develop a computer graphics project, and later, he implemented a large computer science education project at Carnegie Mellon University.
After retirement, Mr. Schymik and his wife Liz moved to Hilton Head Island, where he pursued lifelong learning with major interests in religion, the internet, and the liberal arts, as well as community volunteering, gardening, sports, and cooperation in our complex world.
Mr. Schymik was happily married to Liz for 52 years, and he has three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He subsequently married Martha and Cheryl, who also have passed away, and he is now focused on improving education, human relationships, and the environment.