Adam Kolawa

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Adam Kolawa
Adam Kolawa CEO Parasoft.jpg
Born (1957-06-25)June 25, 1957
Died April 26, 2011(2011-04-26) (aged 53)
Occupation CEO/Co-Founder Parasoft
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Kolawa
Children Natalie Kolawa, Adam Kolawa Jr.

Adam Kazimierz Kolawa (June 25, 1957 – April 26, 2011) was CEO and co-founder of Parasoft, a software company in Monrovia, CA that makes software development tools.


Kolawa received a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the AGH University of Science and Technology in 1981 and a M.Sc. in Physics from Jagiellonian University in 1982.[1] After Kolawa emigrated from Poland to the United States, he earned a Ph.D in Theoretical Physics from the California Institute of Technology. While at Caltech, he worked with Geoffrey Fox and helped design and implement the Intel hypercube parallel computer known as the Cosmic Cube.[2][3]

In 1987, he founded Parasoft with four friends from Caltech.[1] Initially, the company focused on parallel processing technologies.[4] Kolawa co-authored two books on Development Testing and Software Testing In 2001, Kolawa was awarded the Los Angeles Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Software category.[5]

Kolawa was granted 20 patents for software technologies he has invented. His patents include runtime memory error detection technology (Patent US 5842019  and US 5581696  - granted in 1998), statically analyzing source code quality using rules (Patent US 5860011  - granted in 1999), and automated unit test case generation technology (Patent US 5761408  and US 5784553  - granted in 1998).[6]

Kolawa died suddenly on April 26, 2011.[7]




  1. ^ a b "Interview: Adam Kolawa, Parasoft" in, February 9, 2004
  2. ^ "The Implementation of a Dynamic Load Balancer." Kolawa, A. with G. Fox and R. Williams. In Hypercube Multiprocessors, M. T. Heath, editor. SIAM, Philadelphia, 114-121. 1987. Caltech Report C3P-328
  3. ^ "Performance of' the Mark II and INTEL Hypercubes." Kolawa, A. with S. Otto, published in Hypercube Multiprocessors, edited by T. Heath, SIAM, 272. 1986. Caltech report C3P-254
  4. ^ "Express"
  5. ^ "Entrepreneur of the Year" Los Angeles Business Journal June 18, 2001
  6. ^ Patent search for Kolawa, Adam at
  7. ^ "Remembering Adam Kolawa From Parasoft" by Alan Zeichick, SD Times, May 2, 2011

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