From 16th till 17th May 2016 at the Institute of Aviation for the sixteenth time was held the Polish-American Conference on Science and Technology. The purpose of the conference was to exchange ideas and to strengthen cooperation between Polish and American partners in the area of innovation and high technology. The conference had the aim to identify the condition and direction of development of Polish-American relations in the field of science and technology, and the challenges and problems associated with their implementation. The meeting was co-organized by the Ohio State University. The event was held under the Honorary Patronage of the President of Poland Andrzej Duda.

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16 May 2016 (Monday)

08:00 – 08:30 – Registration and buffet breakfast

08:30 – 09:00 – Opening remarks: Moderated by Rafał Kajka, Deputy Director of the Institute of Aviation

Welcome addressWitold Wiśniowski, Director, Institute of Aviation

Welcome addressMike Benzakein, Assistant Vice President for Aerospace and Aviation, Ohio State University

Signing of the Dual PhD agreement between Ohio State University and the Institute of Aviation

The Morawiecki Plan and its implication on Polish-American cooperationMinister Jerzy Kwieciński, Secretary of State, Ministry of Economic Development

Welcome addressKathleen MorenskiPolitical Counsellor, US Embassy

90 years of the Institute of AviationRafał Kajka, Deputy Director, Institute of Aviation

09:30 – 13:15 – Aerospace Technologies Session: Moderated by Professor Piotr Wolański

09:30 – 10:00 – Additive Manufacturing in AviationJen Pinson, Manufacturing Program Leader Advanced Turboprop, Business General Aviation, GE Aviation

10:00 – 10:30 – Electric Propulsion: Challenges and OpportunitiesMike Benzakein, Assistant Vice President for Aerospace and Aviation Research, Ohio State University

10:30 – 11:05 – Predix, Digital Technologies and AnalyticsŁukasz Romaniuk, Senior Software Manager, GE Aviation, Poland, Tomasz Pancewicz, Senior Engineering Manager, GE Aviation, Poland

11:05 – 11:35 – Clean Sky 2 programs at GE AviationMassimiliano di Domenico, Advanced Lead Engineer Aero – Advanced Aviation Technology, GE Aviation Germany

11:35 – 11:50 – Break

11:50 – 12:20 – The Future of Sustainable Commercial Propulsion – Alan Epstein, Vice President, Technology and Environment, Pratt & Whitney

12:20 – 13:00 – Aviation Turboprop CoE in EuropeMilan Slapak, ATP Product Manager, Business General Aviation, GE Aviation, Paweł Buczek, Senior Engineering Manager, GE Aviation Poland

13:00 – 13:15 – Pitch Change Mechanism for Open Rotor EngineAleksander Szymandera, Advanced Mechanical Design Staff Manager, GE Aviation, Poland

13:15 – 14:15 – Lunch

14:15 – 15:00 – Perspectives and opportunities for accelerating Polish-American cooperation in Science and Technology – Discussion panel moderated by Professor Roman Domański, Chairman of the Scientific Council of the Institute of Aviation

Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Economic Development

Rajmund Bacewicz, Vice-Rector for Research, Warsaw University of Technology

Mike Benzakein, Assistant Vice President for Aerospace and Aviation Research, Ohio State University

Ronald J. Kurjanowicz, Technology consultant, RJK Consulting

Dorota Grejner-Brzezinska,  Chair, Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering, Ohio State University

Grzegorz Kozłowski, Director of the Department of the Americas, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Magdalena Nizik, President, GECP General Electric Company Polska

Zdobysław Goraj, Professor, Warsaw Institute of Aviation

15:00-17:15 – Energy and Environment Session Part 1: Moderated by Professor Roman Domański

15:00 – 15:30 – New technologies in EnergyMinister Michał Kurtyka, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Energy

15:30 – 16:00 – Producing Geothermal Energy with Sequestered Carbon Dioxide Jeff Bielicki, Assistant Professor at the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geodetic Engineering, Ohio State University

16:00 – 16:15 – Break

16:15 – 16:45 – Selected solutions of electrical drives for land and air vehicles – Lech Grzesiak, Dean of the faculty of Electrical Engineering, Warsaw University of Technology

16:45 – 17:15 – 50 years of accelerating tomorrow: from GPS to GNSS and beyond  – Dorota Grejner-Brzezinska, Chair, Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering, Ohio State University


17 May 2016 (Tuesday)

08:30 – 09:00 – Buffet breakfast, registration

09:00 – 11:00 – Energy and Environment Session Part 2: Moderated by Professor Roman Domański

09:00 – 09:30 – Dynamic Strategy of Polish Energy SectorMinister Andrzej J. Piotrowski, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Energy

09:30 – 10:00 – Gas Turbines Center, innovation and competencies  evolution based on colocation and synergy – Michał Małecki, GE Power Engineering Leader, GE Power Poland

10:00 – 10:20 – Repair Development Center – Industrialization of New Repairs across GE global repair center Piotr Steckowicz, Engineering Manager Repair, GE Power Poland

10:20 – 10:40 – Gas Turbine Development based on new GE H class – Karol Leszczyński, Principal Engineer, GE Power Poland, Barbara Toczek, Engineering Manager, GE Power Poland

10:40 – 11:00 – Digital Power Plant – Rafał Stocki, Lead Engineer, Power Engineering, Institute of Aviation

11:00 – 11:15 – Break

11:15 – 12:45 – Defense and Security Session: Moderated by Professor Adam Wiśniewski

11:15 – 11:45 – The Polish Armamments Group in the Space and Satellite Technologies Domain – Michał Wierciński, Director of the Bureau of Space and Sattelite Technologies, Polish Armaments Group PGZ

11:45 – 12:15 – Strategic Thinking in a Connected World – William Power, Senior advisor for Strategy, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

12:15 – 12:45 – Advanced Tilt Rotor concepts – Chris Gehler, V280 Program Director, Bell helicopters

12:45 – 14:15 – Lunch and poster session

14:15 – 17:00 – Technology Education Session: Moderated by Professor Zdobysław Goraj

14:15 – 14:45 – Manufacturing Global EngineersDon Hempson, Director of International Initiatives for the College of Engineering, Ohio State University

14:45 – 15:15 – Preparation of human resources for the innovative economyGrzegorz Robak, Director of the Department of International Cooperation, Ministry of Science and Higher Education

15:15 – 15:30 – Break

15:30 – 16:00 – Globalization and Cooperative Education in Aerospace Engineering at the University of CincinnatiPaul D. Orkwis, Head of the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, University of Cincinnati

16:00 – 16:30 – Cross disciplinary education; way to educate new era engineers – Tadeusz Uhl, Head of the Department of Robotics and Mechatronics, AGH University of Science and Technology

16:30 – 17:00 – Engineer 2025 – new trends in technical educationMirosław Sobaniec, Chief Consulting Engineer, GE Aviation Poland

17:00 – 17:30 – Closing remarks


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