EAST HARTFORD, Conn., Jan. 10, 2011 – Andrzej Banaszuk, Program Leader at United Technologies Research Center, the central research organization of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), has been named Fellow by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for his distinguished contributions to active and passive control of flow instabilities in aerospace systems.
IEEE has selected Banaszuk for induction as a 2011 Fellow for "demonstrating outstanding proficiency and for achieving distinction in his profession."
Banaszuk was nominated by Dr. Frank Lewis, a professor at the University of Texas at Arlington, who has known Banaszuk since 1980 when they were both working on singular systems theory. Dr. Lewis described Banaszuk as a "recognized scientific leader in transitioning rigorous research ideas in jet engine control to industry standard practice. His inventions have significantly improved engine lifetimes, performance, and safety. Throughout the years he has maintained a consistently high standard of mathematical rigor motivated by insight driven by industrial needs."
The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the Institute's Board of Directors upon a person with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. The total number selected in any one year cannot exceed one-tenth of one- percent of the total voting membership, and 321 individuals have been elevated to IEEE Fellow for 2011. IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement.
"I'm pleased to amplify the recognition Andrzej has received from IEEE," said Dr. David Parekh, Vice President, Research, and Director, UTRC. "Earning the distinction of Fellow from a prestigious, professional society highlights the quality of his technical expertise and enhances our reputation as a leader among the world's central corporate research centers."
Across his 13-year career at UTRC, Banaszuk has held positions of increasing responsibility including Acting Group Leader for Control's Technology in the Systems Department, Project Leader within the Pratt & Whitney and Hamilton Sundstrand Program Offices, and Fellow in the Systems Department.
Notably, in years 2002-2004, Banaszuk led a project that introduced control theory methods to model-based design of jet engine combustors that exploit natural interactions between physical processes to avoid detrimental thermoacoustic oscillations. A significant improvement produced by the team was an ability to specify the amount of the damping and symmetry breaking required for keeping the oscillations within the allowable limit, and the new learning led to changes in standard work methods. The predictive capabilities of methods were validated in engine tests and remain essential elements of Pratt & Whitney standard work within new engine design. The work of the team was recognized by two UTRC Outstanding Achievement Awards.
Banaszuk has co-authored 41 journal papers, 70 conference papers and has six patents. His work on active and passive control of flow instabilities in jet engines was recognized by IEEE Control Systems Society and received the organization's 2008 Control Systems Technology Award. He was appointed a member of the Board of Governors for the IEEE Control Systems Society in 2004.
Banaszuk currently serves as Program Leader for the Sikorsky Program Office and is a member of UTRC's Leadership Council.
He holds master and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from Warsaw University of Technology and a doctorate in mathematics from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) delivers the world's most advanced technologies, innovative thinking and disciplined research to the businesses of United Technologies -- industry leaders in aerospace propulsion, building infrastructure and services, heating and air conditioning, fire and security systems and power generation. Founded in 1929, UTRC is located in East Hartford, Connecticut, and operates research and development centers in Shanghai, China, and Cork, Ireland.