On December 8, 2016 prof. Tadeusz Burczyński, director of IPPT PAN, was awarded the honorary title of doctor honoris causa of Silesian University of Technology. The ceremony took place in the Auditorium of the Centre for Educational Congress of the University in Gliwice.

The highest academic distinction was handed in by the rector of the Silesian University of Technology - prof. Arkadiusz Mężyk. The laudation in honour of Prof. Burczyński was delivered by Prof. Ewa Majchrzak from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering.

The ceremony was honored by the presence of many distinguished representatives of the Polish researchers community. Among many congratulation letters received there was also one from the Scientific Council and the employees of IPPT PAN, handed in by prof. Henryk Petryk.

The title of doctor honoris causa is an honorary degree conferred by the universities to honour distinguished persons contributing to a specific field of science or culture. Professor Tadeusz Burczyński is a renowned expert in the field of computational mechanics, in particular mechanics of materials and structures, sensitivity analysis, inverse problems, stochastic dynamics and fuzzy systems, artificial intelligence and multiscale modelling in engineering. He is also the founder of the research school in the area of boundary element method applications in sensitivity analysis and optimization. He is collaborating with several scientist from prominent universities in Poland and abroad in his interdisciplinary research. He is also a laureate of several prestigious awards.

During the ceremony, Prof. Tadeusz Burczyński delivered the lecture „Computer modelling and simulation as a key element of contemporary scientific research methodology”.

Prof. T. Burczyński is the 49th doctor honoris causa of the Silesian University of Technology in Gliwice.