September 26, 2013

George Z. Voyiadjis, chair of LSU College of Engineering’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has been inducted into the prestigious Polish Academy of Sciences.

The General Assembly of the Polish Academy of Sciences elected Voyiadjis, who also serves as a Boyd Professor and the Bingham C. Stewart Distinguished Professor of Engineering at LSU, as a foreign member for his leading position in science and his significant contribution to the development of cooperation with Poland. President of the Polish Academy of Sciences Professor Michal Kleiber inducted Voyiadjis during the 20th International Conference on Computer Methods in Mechanics Conference on August 28, 2013. 

“I am humbled by this great honor. It is very fulfilling to be acknowledged as a foreign member of the Polish Academy,” said Voyiadjis. “It was in Poland in 1904 that M. T. Huber, one of the first pioneers in the theory of plasticity, laid the foundations for the mechanics of plasticity. This is one of the areas, along with Damage Mechanics, in which I have been greatly engaged in the last forty years. Also, my late doctoral advisor in the 1970's at Columbia University, Professor M. P. Bieniek, was a Polish native and played a significant part in my early studies in plasticity.”

The Polish Academy of Sciences is a state scientific institution founded in 1952. Its key tasks include conducting scientific research and research and development work; supporting the professional development of individuals during the early stages of their scientific careers; providing education at PhD, post-doc and other levels; formulating ethical principals in science; putting forward opinions and proposing agendas concerning scientific-related issues and the practical application of research results; drawing opinions, expert reports, and forecasts addressing key issues of planning and policy making; expressing opinions on normative acts that pertain to science, its applications, and education; working together with universities, research institutions, and scientific associations; and pursuing international scientific cooperation projects by setting up research consortiums and conducting research with international partners.

“This is a wonderful recognition for Dr. Voyiadjis and the LSU College of Engineering,” said Dean Richard Koubek.  “Our faculty members and their accomplishments are a key factor in achieving the college’s goals for 2015,” he continued. “I congratulate Dr. Voyiadjis on this outstanding achievement.

Voyiadjis worked closely with researchers at Poznan University and the Polish Academy of Sciences, from 2004 to 2009, as the head U.S. researcher on a joint National Science Foundation grant. The project focused on investigating fracture and particularly localized fracture phenomena in thermo-elasto-viscoplastic flow processes under dynamic loadings in modern engineering materials. The main focus was to investigate the information of material behavior provided by the computational solutions of mesoscale problems.

In addition to serving as the research lead on the joint NSF project, Voyiadjis has also hosted nine professors from the Poznan University of Technology and the Institute of Fundamental Technological Research and two PhD students from Poland at LSU. 

The PhD students receiving degrees from LSU were Adam Lodygowski and Pawel Woelke. Lodygowski received the 2010 Distinguished Dissertation Award at LSU for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics for his dissertation titled “Friction and Wear at Elevated Temperatures.” He is currently an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the Poznan University of Technology.  Woelke’s presented his dissertation “Computational Model for Electro-Plastic and Damage Analysis of Plates and Shells” in August 2005. He is currently a research engineer for the Applied Sciences Division of Weidlinger Associates, Inc., in New York.


The Polish Academy of Sciences (PAS) is Poland’s leading scientific and research institution. Founded in 1952, its roots stretch back to the enlightenment period. PAS is the successor institution to the Warsaw Society of Friends of Learning, founded in 1800 by Stanislaw Staszic (1755-1826) and other notable scholars from the era. Today’s Academy is a national institution continuing and cultivating the finest traditions of Poland’s scientific organizations, operating on the legal foundation provided by the Act on the Polish Academy of Sciences dated April 30, 2010. The Academy supports the development, integration, and promotion of science, and contributes to the advancement of education and the enrichment of Poland’s culture. 


Article by Laura Stuart, LSU College of Engineering,, 225-578-8408

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