Shmuel Zaks received BSc (cum laude) and MSc in Mathematics from the Technion, Israel, in 1971 and 1972, and PhD in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, in 1979. He then joined the Department of Computer Science at the Technion, where he is a Professor and the incumbent of the Joan Callner-Miller Chair in Computer Science. He has been a visiting profesor in many universities (including MIT, University of Rome "La Sapienza" and University of l'Aquila (Italy), University of Liverpool (UK), Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, Carleton University (Canada), and Universidad Rey Juan Carlos), and research centers (including IBM TJ Watson Research Center (USA), INRIA Sophia Antipolis (France) and Create-Net (Italy)).
He was on the program committees of over 30 conferences, co-chair of DISC 1992 and SIROCCO 2007, member of the steering committees of DISC and SIROCCO, chair of the steering committee of DISC, and on the editorial board of Information Processing Letters. Professor Zaks is the author of over 150 journal and conference papers. His research areas include Distributed Computing, Graph and Combinatorial Algorithms, Discrete Mathematics, and Theory of Networking (especially Optical Networks).