Bohdan Kulakowski, Former Director of PTI, Dies in Tragic by rjt15862


									                  Bohdan Kulakowski, Former Director of PTI,
                        Dies in Tragic Traffic Accident
University Park, Pa. - Bohdan Kulakowski, professor of mechanical engineering and former
director of the Pennsylvania Transportation Institute, died March 22, 2006 as a result of a
traffic accident. Kulakowski was riding his bicycle home from the University when he was
struck from behind by a passing vehicle.

“Bohdan was one of the finest faculty and human beings that
I have known, and we will all sorely miss him,” said David
Wormley, the Harold and Inge Marcus Dean of the College
of Engineering. “Our sympathies go out to his family and

Kulakowski first came to Penn State in 1979 as a senior
Fulbright scholar in mechanical engineering. He became a
member of the University faculty in 1982 and served as head
of PTI from 1992 to 2003. He was an internationally
recognized expert in automatic control systems, computer
simulations and control of industrial processes, systems
dynamics, vehicle/road dynamic interaction, and
transportation systems.

Before coming to the United States, he held several management positions in Polish research
institutions, including head of the Process Control Division in the Computer Centre for
Building Industry and of the Division of Automatic Control research group, Institute of Glass
and Ceramics, both in Warsaw. Kulakowski was also a lecturer in electrical engineering at
Warsaw Technical University and in 1974 held a United Nations postdoctoral position at the
University of York in the United Kingdom.

Kulakowski had been chairing preparations for the 9th International Symposium on Heavy
Vehicle Weights and Dimensions, scheduled to take place June 18-22 at Penn State. The
symposium will take place as planned, as Kulakowski would have wished, and will include
presentations on his distinguished career and inspiring perspectives on life.

He was highly regarded for his teaching at Penn State, winning numerous awards. His honors
include the University’s George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Penn
State Engineering Society (PSES) Outstanding Teaching Award, and the PSES Premier
Teaching Award.

John Mason, dean of Graduate Studies, Research, and Outreach in the College and current
head of PTI, said, “Bohdan’s leadership and scholarly activities will have a lasting effect on
his many students, faculty research assistants, and staff at the Pennsylvania Transportation
Institute. His significant contributions to the profession, which have been recognized both
nationally and internationally, will influence those in the profession for years to come.”
In 2000, Discovery Magazine recognized Kulakowski’s fuzzy logic algorithm for avoiding
skidding accidents as one of its top ten technological innovations of the year.

His professional affiliations include the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME),
the Society of Automotive Engineers, the American Society for Testing and Materials, and
the Pi Tau Sigma mechanical engineering honor society. Kulakowski was a Fellow of ASME
and secretary of the International Forum for Road Transportation Technology.

Kulakowski received his master’s degree from Warsaw Technical University and his Ph.D.
from the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw.

Contact:             Michael Casper

News Released:       March 28, 2006

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