| || The University of Warmia and Masuria (UWM) in Olsztyn, Poland, awarded Dr. Adam Chrzanowski (Professor Emeritus and Director of the Canadian Centre for Geodetic Engineering at UNB) the degree of Doctor honoris causa on 30 September 2002.|
The awarding of the honorary degree to Dr. Chrzanowski took place during the inauguration of the academic year 2002/2003. The inauguration ceremony at the University of Warmia and Masuria was a central inauguration for the Polish Republic with the President of the Polish Republic, Alexander Kwasniewski, being a special guest and a speaker.
The University of Warmia and Masuria is only three years old, and was created by integrating three separate universities: Agricultural-Technical, Education, and Theology. It is the first university in Poland to combine engineering, arts, and theology faculties. It is a model university in Poland at a time when Poland is entering the European Union.
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| || There were many invited guests from other universities and research institutions. Among the invited guests was Dr. John McLaughlin, President of UNB.|
| || The inauguration began with a presentation by Prof. Ryszard Gorecki, the President of the University of Warmia and Masuria. He gave the vision and plans for further development of the university. |
| The next speaker was Aleksander Kwasniewski, the President of the Polish Republic. In his speech he praised the achievements and dynamics of the university and he greeted presidents of other universities, including the president of UNB. He also directed warm words of thanks and appreciation to Dr. Chrzanowski for his contribution to Polish-Canadian cooperation in research and development. The President of the Polish Republic stated:|
The words of my special attention are for Professor Adam Chrzanowski, the world-renowned specialist in geodetic sciences. Dr. Chrzanowski lives and works abroad, but his heart is always present here in Poland. Please, allow me to add to today's Laudation, which will be presented here in a moment, my personal thanks for all what you have done, Mr. Professor, for our Polish science and for promotion of Poland in the world. Dr. McLaughlin, in his presentation, emphasized the research and teaching cooperation between UNB and UWM and he also directed appreciative words toward Dr. Chrzanowski. The presence of Dr. McLaughlin was described as a highlight of the inauguration.
| || Prof. Stanislav Oszczak, Head of Institute of Navigation and Satellite Geodesy at UWM, delivered the formal laudation and introduction of Dr. Chrzanowski. In the laudation, Dr. Chrzanowski was described as a world-renown scientist in the field of Geomatics Engineering.|
Dr. Chrzanowski's inauguration lecture on the "Interdisciplinary Role of Geodesy" closed the inauguration. In his concluding remarks, Dr. Chrzanowski stated that due to the full automation of technological and computational processes, curricula of Engineering and Earth Sciences programs should be changed to increase the scope of mathematics and physics at the cost of decreasing the teaching contents in technology.
| || After the inauguration, UNB delegates, Dr. McLaughlin, Margaret McLaughlin, Dr. Chrzanowski, and Dr. Anna Szostak-Chrzanowki met with several presidents of other universities and research institutes of Poland.|
Dr. Chrzanowski completed doctoral studies in his native Poland before coming to UNB in 1964 as a professor of surveying engineering.Today he is the director of the Canadian Centre for Geodetic Engineering at UNB and holds the honorary rank of Professor Emeritus in Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering.
Dr. Chrzanowski was instrumental in building the international reputation of the Department of Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering at UNB. A former department chair, he is recognized throughout the world as an expert on mining and engineering surveys. Dr. Chrzanowski has consulted on research and industrial projects in seven countries and held visiting professor appointments in nine others. He co-founded the International Society of Mine Surveying, and has published over 200 papers and coauthored several books on geodetic, engineering, urban and mining surveys.
Throughout his career at UNB he actively fostered co-operation between UNB and a number of universities in Poland.
In 1996, he was awarded the Knights Cross of the Order of Merit by the president of the Polish Republic for fostering scientific exchanges between Canada and Poland. Since 1999, he has held an honorary professorship Warmia-Masuria University in Poland.
Dr. Chrzanowski was elected a foreign member of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2001 in recognition of his professional contributions and achievement to the field of surveying engineering, particularly, engineering and mining surveying.