A longtime electrical engineering professor with a rich history of scholarly writing and empowering his students to succeed — electrifying them, so to speak — retired in December. Type of.
Marian Kazimierczuk, Ph.D., who arrived at Wright State in 1985, is now a professor emeritus in the College of Engineering and Computer Science. But his work is not finished.
He advises a handful of doctoral students – one on a Fulbright scholarship, the other on a European Union scholarship – to supervise them until they graduate.
None of the stereotypical retirement activities like golf or fishing for him.
“I like being around people. I’m interested in being with the students, to help them succeed,” Kazimierczuk said.
And they succeeded, putting into practice what they learned from the man who, early in his own academic career, discerned the difference between “electricity” and “electronics” at the Technical University of Warsaw, in his native Poland.
Electricity refers to equipment, sometimes heavy, that transports electricity to transform it into other forms of energy. Electronics refers to the control of electrons to perform a task, such as transmitting information in a computer.
“The electronic side of electrical engineering was very new and appealing to me,” he recalls.
Electronics are at the heart of a mobile phone, for example. He said advances in electronics have made cell phones “small, easy to use, easy to carry and less heavy”. Very mobile. He added: “Electronics is relevant to everyday life.”
He chose to study electronics. “The choice was good for me,” Kazimierczuk said.
As for his students. Karl Sölvi Guðmundsson was Kazimierczuk’s first doctorate. graduated and is now Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Iceland.
“The lessons I took with him, he made them fascinating,” Guðmundsson said. “He always took the time to explain well. He was more than the usual teacher. He spoke with love of what he was explaining. Being able to master your subjects helped me in the job market.
Guðmundsson, who obtained his doctorate. at Wright State in 2004, added, “I do my best to teach like him. He was a model. He always had time to guide me. And that’s what I’m here to do for my students.
Guðmundsson pointed this out: “Dr. Kazimierczuk was the only teacher I saw who was in the computer lab writing papers.
Indeed, Kazimierczuk was a prolific writer, with 228 scientific articles and 274 conference papers. He has also written 14 academic books.
“I write books that are useful for students, researchers, industrialists, R&D [research and development] work,” he said.
His most recent book is “Average Current-Mode Control of DC-DC Power Converters” with Dalvir Saini and Agasthya Ayachit, then students.
“This book is about my doctorate. thesis,” Saini said. “After my doctorate. defense in 2018, he suggested that we should try to publish it. She added, “Dr. Kazimierczuk was an excellent doctor advisor to me and he advised me throughout the process of writing this book.
Saini is an electronics engineer with the Electrical and Electronic Materials Evaluation Team, Materials and Manufacturing Branch, Air Force Research Laboratory.
“‘Legendary’ is how I can sum up Dr. Kaz,” Ayachit said. “If I can wish for one thing, I would ask for his dedication to science and his perseverance and patience with research. Outside of work, Dr. Kaz enjoyed the simple things, like a walk in Yellow Springs, a pep talk about new ideas, a look back at world history, etc., and I’m happy to do them. shared with him. I thank him for setting up my career launch pad and for all these wonderful experiences, which I will cherish for a long time.
Ayachit obtained his doctorate. in 2018 and is a Senior System Engineer at Mercedes-Benz Research and Development North America.
“I design and develop power electronics for future Mercedes-Benz electric vehicles with a global team of engineers,” said the Troy, Michigan resident.
These are just three in a long line of Wright State graduates from Kazimierczuk.
“I’m very proud of all of them,” Kazimierczuk said. “They became successful people. I am proud of the success they have had. It makes me happy when they report something good.
Kazimierczuk plans to return in the fall to teach as Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering.
“My mission is to improve people’s lives, to change people’s lives,” he said. “Education can do that.”