Author: Katarzyna Siwczyk     Published At: 01.12.2023
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Rector of the Silesian University of Technology granted the title of Doctor Honoris Causa of the Lviv University of Technology

On 29th November 2023, the Rector of the Silesian University of Technology, prof. dr hab. Eng. Arkadiusz Mężyk received the title of Doctor Honoris Causa of the Lviv University of Technology. The honours were presented during a special ceremony in Ukraine.

His Magnificence Rector of the Silesian University of Technology, prof. dr hab. Eng. Arkadiusz Mężyk was once again honoured with the highest academic dignity. The professor's outstanding scientific achievements and significant contribution to the development of Polish-Ukrainian cooperation were appreciated by the Lviv University of Technology, the alma mater of many post-war Polish universities, including the Silesian University of Technology. The Scientific Council of the Ukrainian university decided on October 31st , 2023, to award the DHC title. The title awarding ceremony took place on November 29th in Lviv.

- It is a great distinction and a great honour not only for me, but also for the Silesian University of Technology, whose history originates from the Lviv University of Technology. The significance of this event is underlined by the fact that after the distinction conferred on Prof. Wojciech Zieliński, Rector of the University in the years 2002-2008, I am only the second employee of our University to be honoured with this title, and among the many distinguished outstanding figures are  Maria Skłodowska-Curie and the pre-war President of the Republic of Poland, Ignacy Mościcki. We look forward to further cooperation with this excellent university in the field of scientific research and modern education, and the atmosphere for this in both universities is very conducive to this - commented prof. Arkadiusz Mężyk.

The ceremonial laudation was given by the Vice-Rector for scientific, pedagogical and international relations of the Lviv University of Technology, prof. Natalia Chukhrai, who noted that in addition to his scientific merits, the Rector of the Silesian University of Technology made many efforts to develop cooperation with the Lviv University of Technology. In particular, the launch of international cooperation as part of Erasmus programs was appreciated, which enabled many Ukrainian students to undertake studies, teachers to give lectures, and employees to improve their qualifications during training and seminars organized by the Silesian University of Technology. The Vice-Rector also expressed her gratitude for inviting representatives of the Lviv university to participate in scientific conferences and internships.

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Expressing gratitude for the exceptional distinction, the Rector of the Silesian University of Technology gave a lecture entitled: "Between science and teaching. The mission of a modern university in troubled times” in which he emphasized the role of a modern university in promoting ethical values, its involvement in the reconstruction and development of the economy and social life, and, above all, in educating the elites of the future.

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Prof. Arkadiusz Mężyk has been associated with the Silesian University of Technology from the beginning of his scientific career. He is a specialist in the field of dynamics, mechanics of continuous media, applications of numerical methods in the stereomechanical analysis of machine structures, including hybrid vehicles and the structures of high-speed tracked vehicles.

In 1994, he defended his doctoral thesis with honours entitled: “ Dynamics of electromechanical drive systems”. Continuing his research in the field of dynamics of high-power electromechanical drives, in 2002, also with distinction, he obtained a post-doctoral degree. In 2004, he became an associate professor and three years later, in 2007, a full professor in the field of technical sciences. He has been successfully combining his research projects with cooperation with industry for years.

Prof. Arkadiusz Mężyk is a researcher at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, which he previously headed as the dean.

Since 2016, he has been the Rector of the Silesian University of Technology. In 2020, he was elected Chairman of the Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland.

In 2018, prof. dr hab.Eng. Arkadiusz Mężyk was awarded the title of Doctor Honoris Causa of the Gheorghe Asachi Technical University in Iasi, Romania.

photographs - Lviv University of Technology

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