prof. Maciej Chorowski DSc, Eng. - Director of the National Centre for Research and Development
Born on 2 May 1958 in Wrocław. Graduated from the Faculty of Mechanical and Power Engineering at the Wrocław University of Technology (MSc. Eng. – specialty: refrigeration).
He has stayed with the university after graduation. He was an Assistant at the Institute of Thermal Engineering and Fluid Mechanics, and subsequently Assistant Professor. He received his PhD hab. in 1999, and the tile of Professor Extraordinarius in 2002. In 2009 he became Full Professor of Technical Sciences.
At the Wrocław University of Technology, he has served as, among others, Vice-Dean for Science and International Co-operation at the Faculty of Mechanical and Power Engineering (2002-05), Dean of that Faculty (2005-12), Director of the Institute of Aviation and Process Engineering and of Power Engineering Machines (2012-14). Since 2014 Professor Chorowski has been Head of the Department of Cryogenic, Aviation and Process Engineering.
Since 1998 he has collaborated with CERN, including as a Member of Personnel, while in 1996-1997 he was Senior Scientific Associate there. In 2007, Professor Chorowski was Plenipotentiary of the Minister of Science and Higher Education for CERN research infrastructure.
Involved in the work related to the establishment of the Wrocław Technology Park (WPT SA) from its inception and was its President in 2002-11.
A valued expert, Professor Chorowski is a member of, among others: NCBR Steering Committee, the National Development Council under the President of the Republic of Poland, the Executive Committee of Fusion for Energy (F4E) and of CERN Finance Committee. Member of advisory teams at the Ministry of Science and Higher Education (for the Roadmap and for Strategic R&D Programmes), as well as of editorial committees of the Indian Journal of Cryogenics and the Journal of Power Engineering.
In 2009-2015 Professor Chorowski led more than 20 national and European research projects. He is the author or co-author of 171 publications, 5 patents and 55 unpublished works.
Deputy Centres Director Professor Aleksander Nawrat
An expert in the field of R&D for science, defence industry and government agencies, Professor Nawrat is the author or co-author of several patent applications, industrial designs, more than 170 science works and publications as well as a reviewer in a number of renowned foreign journals. He has received many state distinctions and won numerous national and international awards.
In addition to his academic career at universities in Poland and abroad, he was also a member of management boards of both private and state-owned companies. Professor Nawrat actively participated in business activities, dealing with research commercialisation and supporting the development of start-ups. He focused mainly on the development of new technologies for state defence and security as well as for the civil sector.
He was a member of the Board of the National Centre for Research and Development and member of the Strategic Programmes Committee. He was many times the head of EU-funded strategic projects undertaken for private and state-owned companies. He currently chairs one of the largest NCBR strategic programmes.