(from left) Malgorzata and Janusz Romanski
Romanski, Janusz Wojciech
Scientist, professor, mechanical engineer, Polish activist.
Born on March 14, 1943 in Warsaw, Poland to an intelligentsia family.
His father was a professional officer in the Polish Army and was killed in the Warsaw Uprising of 1944. His mother Helena (nee Domanski) was a well educated person from an affluent Warsaw family. After the war she worked as a white-collar worker in the Polish National Railroad Co. and Koszalin's Marine Office as a director of finances, he owes his education to the dedicated work of his mother. He spent his youth in the city of Slupsk.
Married, his wife Malgorzata is a well known dermatologist and Polish activist in Philadelphia, he has one son.
Gdansk University of Technology. Mechanical-Technological Department, M. Eng. (1968); Gdansk University of Technology, Mechanical-Technological Department, Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering (1978).
Professional experience and career
Gdansk University of Technology, Institute of Machine Materials and Welding 1968-1988, assistant, senior assistant, adjunct professor; Drexel University Department of Materials Engineering, Philadelphia. PA, USA, 1981-1988, Widener University, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Chester PA, USA, 1991/92, 2003 -- present, associate professor; adjunct Faculty, Piasecki Aircraft Corporation, Essington PA, USA, 1991 -- present, senior structural engineer. He taught the following lectures and laboratories: Mechanical Design. Technology and Welding Materials, Welding Construction Design, Materials and Material Testing. Materials Technology, Solid Mechanics with Computer Application, Vibration, including laboratory and student's projects. A faculty advisor for more than 80 student final and mid-term projects.
Scientific, technical and professional achievements
Among his scientific achievements he can note over 50 scientific publications in the field of materials property and its characterization in the application of military helicopters. He is co-author of several industry and research projects for the US Air Force and Navy, sponsored by the US Department of Defense. He published over 50 papers as well as many other publications in the Polish -American press in USA.
He presented the results of his scientific work at several seminars, technical conferences and professional meetings in many European countries, including Poland, England and also the USA. He holds the technical title of Expert in Welding Technology and Strength of Materials. In 1979-1984 he was a member of the Editorial Board for the technical journals "Welding Review" and "Shipbuilding." As an expert in the area of Stress and Materials, he conducted several industry and research projects on modification and upgrading flight spectrum of military helicopters such as AH-1W-Cobra, AH 60-Apache, and SH-GOF-Black Hawk. His research scope includes analysis and testing of helicopter performance and systems, reliability and strength of the fuselage. He is involved in the design of control systems, including a very modern and efficient type of helicopter (Compound) with the application of the VTDP technology (Vectored Thrust Ducted Propeller). In this particular project, Dr. Romanski performed complex calculations on the fuselage strength arid the VTDP drive system, applying FEM. The results were also successfully verified by wind tunnel testing, in cooperation with the Boeing Company. For many years, he had a very successful professional cooperation with Professor Wieslaw Stepniewski -- scientist and aerodynamist well-known in the world helicopter community working together on selected helicopter aerodynamics problems.
Selected important publications
W. Romanski, YSH-60F/VTDP Helicopter Drive System Analysis, Rpt. 6-D 4A/2003, Piasecki Aircraft Corp.
W. Romanski, YSH-60F/VTDP Helicopter Instrumentation and Data Acquisition PiAC Rpt. 6-Y-79/2003.
W. Romanski, VTDP Propeller Flight Performance and Aerodynamic Loads, Rpt. 6-X-83/2001, PiAC.
W. Romanski, AH-1/VTCAD Finite Element Model of Airframe Rpt. 165 51/1995, PiAC.
W. Romanski, Research Collaboration Between University and Industry in Welding Problems in Poland, Proceedings of the International Conference on Welding Research, Boston, 1984, 1,154.
W. Romanski, Implant Method for Estimate of Delayed Cracking Susceptibility (Badanie pekniec opoznionych w zlaczach spawanych ze stall PW metoda implantacyjna), Proceedings of the 9th International Metallography Conference AGH -- Cracow, Poland, 1977, 2, 224.
W. Romanski, Osiagnigcia polskich inzynierow w amerykanskim przemysle
helikopterowym (Achievements of Polish Engineers in the American Helicopter Industry) -- Symposium "Polacy Razem" -- London, 2000.
Membership in societies and scientific institutions
In the USA, Dr. Romanski is active in several professional organizations, holding prestigious positions. He was the chairman of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, secretary and director of the American Helicopter Society Chapter, vice-chairman of the Association of Polish Engineers and Technicians in the USA Polonia Technica. He was also very active in Polish American organizations, on the US east coast. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Polish American Congress -- Eastern District, and vice-chairman of the Polish People's University and the Polish Heritage Society in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is also a member of the American Society for Engineering Education, the American Society for Testing and Materials, the American Welding Society, and the Polish Rotorcraft Association.
Awards and honors
For his scientific and professional contributions, Dr. Romanski was decorated with the Cavalier Cross of the Order of Merit, Silver Cross of Merit, 1,000th Anniversary Medal of the City of Gdansk, City of Gdansk Pin of Merit, 100th Anniversary Medal of Gdansk University of Technology. Medal of the "Polonia Technica" in the USA as well as many certificates, diplomas and awards from american engineering associations, and other technical and cultural institutions in the USA, Great Britain and Poland.
214 Cresswell St., Ridely Park, PA 19078, USA
From: "Encyclopedia of World Research and Engineering Heritage of Polish Engineers in the USA, Canada, Europe, Argentina and Singapore" collected and edited by prof. Zbigniew Piasek; published by FOGRA, Krakow, 2006
From: "Nowy Dziennik"