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fib SYMPOSIUM 2019

Organizers of the fib Symposium 2019 have a great pleasure to announce that during the fib Symposium in Cracow there will be organized the special Jubilee Session to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Prof. Andrzej Ajdukiewicz, the longtime active member of fib, the former Head of Delegation of the Polish National Member Group, elected as an Honorary Life Member of fib, the undisputed authority and remarkable expert in the field of concrete structures.

Prof. Andrzej B. Ajdukiewicz was born in 1939 in Chorzów, Poland. He received his MSc diploma in Civil Engineering in 1961, and his PhD in Structural Engineering in 1968, both from the Silesian University of Technology, Gliwice.

He started his professional and academic career in October, 1961, in the Concrete Structures Department at the Silesian University of Technology, Gliwice, and – parallel – in the Design Office for Mining Industry in Katowice. Was appointed as an Assistant Professor in 1968, and Associate Professor in 1973. In 1989 he was granted Full Professorship.

In the period of 15 years (1994-2009) he was the Head of Department of Structural Engineering at Faculty of Civil Engineering, Silesian University of Technology. During the martial law time in Poland in 1980s he emigrated and worked for four years abroad in the University of Ife, Nigeria, as a Visiting Professor (1982-1985). In the period 1991-1996 he also worked, parallel with his post in Gliwice, as a Professor and Head of the Concrete Structures Department at the Technical University in Łódź.

Prof. Ajdukiewicz completed many short-term research trainings and technical visits in the universities, laboratories and sites abroad.

His main areas of professional and scientific activities have been the following:
  • analysis, testing and design of reinforced-concrete and prestressed-concrete structures,
  • diagnosis and assessment of concrete, steel and timber structures,
  • appraisal, inspection, and reconstruction of structures, especially in regions of industrial or mining subsidence impact,
  • application of advanced materials, particularly high-strength/high-performance concrete,
  • strengthening of concrete structures, particularly passive and active application of fibre reinforced polymers,
  • recycling and utilisation of waste materials and reuse of structural elements in civil engineering objects,
  • durability aspects of concrete structures and non-metallic reinforcement for concrete elements.
He is the author or co-author of over 420 publications – books, chapters in books, papers and conference reports. Some most important books, known in Poland and abroad, include:
  • Stahlbeton-Platten-Stützen-Systeme. (in German, co-author W. Starosolski), Ernst und Sohn, Berlin-München, 1984
  • Reinforced-Concrete Slab-Column Structures. (in English, co-author W. Starosolski), Elsevier, Amsterdam-Oxford-New York-Tokyo 1990 and series of handbooks on
  • Prestressed-Concrete Structures. (in Polish, co-author J. Mames).
His papers were published in journals in the USA, Japan, UK, Germany, Switzerland, and Spain. He has presented 55 papers at international congresses and conferences in 30 countries (Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Italy, Israel, Japan, Malta, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Sweden, UK, USA). At many of these events he was invited to the Scientific Committees, International Advisory Committees, and served as a chairman of conference sessions.

In Poland he organized, served as scientific secretary or presided at many national and international conferences. Among them were the 2nd, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th International Conferences Analytical Models and New Concepts in Concrete and Masonry Structures, organized under auspices of the Polish Group of fib. He served as a reviewer of articles for many journals, among them for Journal of American Concrete Institute, Cement & Concrete Composites (UK), Structural Concrete or Advanced Concrete Technology (Japan), as well as an international reviewer of applications for research projects.

He also translated into Polish and prepared for use in Poland some world-wide known fundamental books, like two editions of Properties of Concrete (by Adam Neville) or fib-Model Code 2010.

Prof. Ajdukiewicz has been nominated as a Registered Civil/Structural Engineer since 1971 and Registered State Expert in Structural Engineering since 1986 in Poland. He has been the designer or structural consultant of many urban and industrial projects of various buildings, such as department stores, shopping centers, containers, silos, special foundations and finally – the main designer of many concrete structures for new power plant projects. During his stay in Nigeria he also worked as a designer and supervisor of new buildings of the University of Ife.

He worked as an invited expert for the European Commission at assessment of applications for research projects (six times in Brussels in between 1992 - 2002). He also co-organized and/or took part in international teams for the research projects, design actions or concerted actions granted by the European Commission or Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education.

Prof. Ajdukiewicz has been an active member in various professional and scientific bodies, including:
  • Polish Association of Civil Engineers - since 1965,
  • Committee for Civil Engineering, Polish Academy of Sciences - since 1993,
  • Chairman of the Concrete Structures Section at Committee for Civil Engineering in the period 2003-2009,
  • Committee of Science of the Polish Association of Civil Engineers – member since 1987, chairman in the period 1993-2009, Honorary Member since 2008,
  • State Committee for Scientific Research - elected for the terms 1994-1997 and 1997-2000,
  • International Association for Bridges and Structural Engineering (IABSE) - since 1994, member of the Working Commission “Concrete Structures” 1999-2007,
  • Fédération Internationale du Béton (fib) – Head of Delegation for the Polish National Group (1998-2016); member of the General Assembly, Technical Committee, as well as Working Commission “Environmental aspects of design and construction of concrete structures” – since 2000,
  • American Concrete Institute – since 2000.
During his academic career he promoted 10 doctors and supervised over 190 BSc and MSc graduates in Poland and Nigeria. For over 53 years, in the period 1961 to 2014 he has taught reinforced-concrete structures, prestressed-concrete structures, and special structures for undergraduates, postgraduates and PhD students. He gave opinions on over 20 applications for professor’s title or post in Poland and abroad, and reviewed more than 25 PhD or DSc dissertations. He has been decorated with orders and medals, and honoured with over ten awards of Ministry of Science and Higher Education, as well as Ministry of Building and Infrastructure.

In 2011 Prof. Ajdukiewicz was awarded by the Technical University of Łódź with the highest academic award - Doctorate Honoris Causa in approbation of his merits for this University and all scientific society of the Polish civil engineering.

In 2012 the General Assembly of Fédération Internationale du Béton (fib) at the 11th Plenary Session in Stockholm, elected Professor Ajdukiewicz as an Honorary Life Member of fib “in recognition of his significant personal contributions to the work od fib, particularly in his long-standing role as Head of Delegation of the Polish National Member Group and as a member of the General Assembly, Technical Council and fib Commission 3, as well as his work for the international AMCM conferences in Poland, and his participation and involvement in many fib and fib-supported events”.

Finally it is worthy to mention that in 2015 he has been awarded Honorary Professor of the Silesian University of Technology in Gliwice, his mother academy.

Through the dint of his intensive activity as a researcher, designer and author, as well as his activity in the fields of education, organization of scientific actions, and international cooperation, Professor Ajdukiewicz became the well known and esteemed person in the circle of civil engineering in Poland and abroad that he is today.

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Andrzej Szarata
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of Civil Engineering CUT

Institute of Building Materials
and Engineering Structures

Polish National Member Group of the fib
Faculty of Civil Engineering
Cracow University of Technology