Prof. Ryszard A. Białecki

Institute of Thermal Technology, Silesian University of Technology - Gliwice, Poland

Prof. Ryszard A. Białecki

Institute of Thermal Technology, Silesian University of Technology - Gliwice, Poland

Biography

Ryszard Białecki holds the position of a full professor of energy at the Faculty of Energy and Environmental Engineering of the Silesian University of Technology (SUT), Gliwice, Poland. He served for 6 years (2006-2012) as a chair of the Institute of Thermal Technology, an 80 person research and teaching unit of the SUT, and four years (2012-2016) as vice-rector for international cooperation of the SUT (20 thousand students, 3.5 thousand employees).

The thrust of his research is in simulations and experimental investigation of thermofluid phenomena. Specifically, he has been involved in energy and heat transfer, combustion, inverse analysis (retrieving material properties), medical bioengineering and influence of the energy generation sector on the climate. He is an expert in the application of Computational Fluid Dynamics techniques in simulations and optimization of industrial and medical processes, developed own codes to simulate heat radiation. He has also developed innovative methods to retrieve material properties.

He supervised 10 PhD theses. Five of his former Ph.D. students hold now a Professor degree.

Prof. Białecki authored one book in the UK, two chapters in J. Wiley and Springer encyclopedias, six chapters in books printed in England and Germany and a co-author of three Polish books. He is a co-author of five granted and 4 pending patents. He published almost 100 journal papers that received nearly 1200 citations resulting in Hirsch factor of 20 (Scopus). He also presented over 200 conference papers.

Prof. Białecki gave seminars in over 40 Universities and research institutions worldwide including IBM Watson Research Centre (US), National Energy Technology Laboratory of the Department of Energy (US), VTT Research Centre (FIN), Universities in Germany, Italy, Netherland, UK, France, Belgium, Portugal, Spain, Finland, Czech, Slovenia, Japan, China, Slovakia, Brazil and Suriname. He gave full-time courses for master students both in US and Germany.

Prof. Białecki spent one year as a US Department of State Fulbright Commission fellow at the University of Central Florida and a total of 3.5 years as a research and visiting fellow at the Erlangen Nuremberg University in Germany. During his stay in the US, he was involved in a NASA research project on innovative compressor design. In Germany, he developed a numerical code for simulations of temperature field in a car engine within a project financed by Daimler Benz. The code has been used in the corporation for about ten years.

Prof Białecki coordinated two international projects within European Union Framework Programmes and served as local coordinator of two others. He coordinated also numerous research projects financed by Polish national agencies. The total research funding he acquired is of the order of 2 500 k€. He has strong links with the industry, specifically energy and steelmaking sectors for which he led several projects. The development of a device for nondestructive measurement of thermal diffusivity, that was installed in SGL Carbon plant in Raciborz (Poland) he has been awarded an InnoSilesia prize for the most innovative industrial installation in Silesia Region.

He served as a panel member of the European Research Council (starting, consolidator, synergy calls) and several panels of the Polish Research Center.

Ryszard Białecki received the MSc degree in chemical engineering from the Faculty of Chemistry of SUT, Ph.D., and D.Sc. (Polish – habilitation) in mechanical engineering from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of SUT.