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68th Anniversary

On June 17, 2021, on the 68th anniversary of the establishment of the Air Force Institute of Technology (ITWL), a ceremonial meeting of the ITWL's Scientific Council was held in the the Center for Innovative Aviation Technologies of President Ryszard Kaczorowski.

Hybrid sessions were inaugurated by the Chairman of the Scientific Council of the ITWL, professor Wojciech Wawrzyński, Ph.D., D.Sc. Eng. who welcomed the guests gathered in the room and in front of the computers, and then gave the floor to the host of the meeting - ITWL Director, Ph.D., D.Sc. Eng. Mirosław Kowalski, professor of ITWL.

Director Kowalski presented the current development directions and the rich history of the institute, whose mission for over 68 years has been to support the operational use of military aviation technology. In his speech, the director also emphasized the special role of the ITWL's Scientific Council, which for many years has had an invaluable impact on the development directions chosen by the Institute, while at the same time guaranteeing the continuous scientific development of the ITWL staff.

Then, the Director of ITWL presented the employees of the institute with medals awarded by the Minister of National Defense. Acknowledgments on behalf of the awarded were given by Lt. Col. Dariusz Rykaczewski from the ITWL Division for Airplanes and Helicopters.

In the next part of the ceremonial meeting, Maj. Gen. Pilot (in retirement) Ph.D. Mieczysław Walentynowicz - Chairman of the Chapter of the Medal "For merits for ITWL" informed the attendees about the award of the Medal with the order #2 by professor Henryk Tomaszek Ph.D., D.Sc. Eng., and Medal #3 by Mrs. Barbara Ząbkowicz. Laudations were delivered by: Deputy Director for Science professor Andrzej Żyluk Ph.D., D.Sc. Eng. and the Head of the ITWL Publishing Department, M.Sc. Eng Krzysztof Bubrzyk.

Medals "For Merit for ITWL" that were presented by the Director of the Institute, are commemorative medals established in 2020 by the Order of the Director of ITWL.

The ceremonial meeting was summed up by the Chairman of the ITWL Scientific Council, professor Wojciech Wawrzyński, Ph.D., D.Sc. Eng., congratulating all those awarded and thanking for participation in the room and in front of the computers.

The proceedings were concluded by the Director of the Institute who expressed his wishes on the occasion of the 68th anniversary of the Institute.

June 17, 1953 is officially accepted as the establishment date of the post-war military technical institute of aviation. In fact, it was not a new military institute in Poland, especially as it undertook a significant part of the tasks of the pre-war Aviation Technical Institute (ITL), thus becoming the heir and continuator of its activities interrupted by the war.

The name of the Air Force Institute of Technology was introduced 5 years later, in 1958 on the basis of an Order of the Minister of National Defense.

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