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Professor Janusz Krzysztof Kowal was born on July 25, 1949 in Krakow. He graduated from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Mining and Metallurgy of the Academy of Mining and Metallurgy (previous name of the AGH UST). In 1974, he was employed at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics at the AGH UST, with which he has been professionally associated to this day. In 1982, he defended his doctoral dissertation and in 1990, he received postdorctoral qualifications. In 1996, he received the title of full professor.
The most important scientific achievements of Prof. Janusz Kowal include pioneering work in the field of active vibration control methods. He authored more than 200 research articles, 10 monographs, and a two-volume academic textbook on the basics of automatic control. He co-authored 14 patents and several patent applications. He led 15 research projects funded by: State Committee for Scientific Research, Ministry of Education and Science, National Science Centre, and National Centre for Research and Development. Professor Kowal’s papers have been published in renowned scientific journals with international reach and are frequently cited by other academics; according to the Scopus base, his citation number exceeds 240, and the H-index is 10.
Professor Kowal supervised 12 doctoral dissertations, 11 of which were defended, and was a reviewer of numerous postdoctoral qualification awarding procedures and motions to confer the title of full professor.
Professor Janusz Kowal fosters broad cooperation with multiple recognised research centres. He visited many universities, establishing personal relationships in each and every one of them. He was an honourable member of the Faculty Council of the Technical University of Ostrava. He also actively cooperates with industrial centres.
He is a member of numerous conference scientific committees and editorial boards of scientific journals in Poland and abroad. In 2012, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the American International Institute of Acoustics and Vibration. He is a member of the Committee on Mechanics and the Machine Building Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences, and between 2016–2020, he was the latter’s President. He participates in sessions of various scientific councils. Since 2017, he has been a member of the Academy of Engineering in Poland.
During his almost 50-year scientific and educational work at the AGH UST, he held many leading positions. He was Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics (1990–1996), Dean of the same faculty (1996–1999), Vice-Rector for Science (1999–2005), and, once again, Dean of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics (2005–2012). Between 1994 and 2015, he was head of the Department of Process Control. Since 1996, he has been a member of the AGH UST Senate and has presided over its committees for statutes and regulations and for employees. He was a member of the Council of the InnoTechKrak University Association. Currently, he holds the position of chairperson of the Rector’s Committee for HR Policy.
For his beneficial activities towards science and economy, he received numerous state commendations and university awards and medals. For his educational activity, he was awarded the Commission of National Education Medal. He is Doctor Honoris Causa of: Lublin University of Technology, Silesian University of Technology, Kielce University of Technology, and Bialystok University of Technology.