Rob Swiatek graduated from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania, where he majored in both physics and earth science. Except for a short stint at NASA headquarters working on the Seasat satellite project in 1974, Swiatek spent his career at the US Patent and Trademark Office in Virginia as a physics patent examiner. He spent years working on applications in aeronautics and astronautics.
His interest in UFOs began in his mid-teens, and he ultimately became involved with organized ufology, first with the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) in 1976 and later, in 1986, with the Fund for UFO Research in the Washington, D.C., area. Currently he serves as a board member of both MUFON and the Albuquerque-based National UFO Historical Records Center.
Through his involvement with the Fund and MUFON, he has been active in all aspects of ufology, ranging from abductions to Roswell. His recent lectures have focused on unexplained UFO cases dating from the turn of the 21st century to the present day and, stepping back, to official US government statements from 1947 to 1952 characterizing the nature of the UFO phenomenon. He contributed entries to The UFO Evidence: A Thirty-Year Report by Richard Hall and is co-editor with Roger Marsh of the book Mutual UFO Network 50 Years: 1969–2019.