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Zdobyslaw Goraj



Zdobyslaw Goraj




MSc (Eng.) – 1972, PhD – 1977, D Sc – 1992, Prof – 2002


AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics), ICAS (International Council of Aeronautical Sciences) Programme Committee and Executive Committee, EASN (European Aeronautics Science Network) Board of Directors, ACARE Plenary (Advisory Council for Aeronautics Research and Innovation in Europe)

Affiliations and functions:

1973 - 2002 –

Warsaw University of Technology, lecturer of Flight Dynamics;

1982 - 1989 –

PZL - Okecie light aircraft company, senior airplane designer;

1992 - 1999 –

Institute of Aviation, head of flight dynamics group;

1993 - 1996 –

Institute of Aeronautics and Applied Mechanics, deputy director;

1996 - 2002 –

Faculty of Power and Aeronautical Engineering, vice dean for scientific affairs;

2002 – 2018 –

Faculty of Power and Aeronautical Engineering, Head of Aircraft Design Department;

1999 - 2018 –

Institute of Aviation, member of Scientific Council and Head of the Commission for Research Planning and Development.


Aircraft designer since 1982;

Flight dynamics researcher since 1977;

Initiator & main organizer of the International Conferences entitled: „Research and Education for Aircraft Design” (1994-2014);

Associate Editor and member of editorial boards of the following journals:


- Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology (United Kingdom),


- Aviation (Lithuania),


- Aircraft Design (Holland),


- Journal of Aerospace Engineering (United Kingdom),


- and Jet Engines (Israel),of the Institute of Aviation – Scientific Quarterly (Poland);

Polish coordinator and representative in European Fifth Framework Program devoted to unmanned aerial vehicles – coordinator of UAVNET (a framework for the autonomous deployment of wireless Networked Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) and CAPECON (Civil Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Applications and Economic Effectivity of Potential Configuration Solutions) projects. Took part in HiReTT (High Reynolds number tools and techniques for civil transport aircraft design), HELIX (High-End cLimate Impact and eXtremes), NACRE (New Aircraft Concepts Research), AGAPE (the Advisory Council for Aeronautics Research in Europe), PPLANE (Personal Plane Project), SIMSAC (Simulating Aircraft Stability and Control Characteristics for Use in Conceptual Design), EASN-2 (European Aeronautics Science Network- Phase II), ESPOSA (Efficient Systems and Propulsion for Small Aircraft), AFLONEXT (“2nd Generation Active Wing” — Active Flow- Loads & Noise control on next generation wing"), CENTRELINE (“ConcEpt validatioN sTudy foR fusElage wake-fiLIng propulsioN integration”);

Doctor Honoris Causa of 2 foreign universities: Moscow State Aviation Institute (Russia) and Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (Lithuania).

Visiting professor in ODU (US), Nagoya (Japan), Kingston (UK) and other European Universities.

Lectures in foreign institutions:

1997 –

Kyushu University, Japan, long endurance high altitude unmanned aerial vehicles;

1998 –

Bristol University, UK, panel methods in teaching of airplane design;

1999 –

Saint–Cyr, France, panel methods – theory and practice;

Old Dominion University, Virginia, USA, coupled flight dynamic / panel method tool for conceptual design and analysis of existing vehicles;

2000 –

Boeing, Saint Louis, USA, coupled flight dynamic / panel method analysis;

Israel Aircraft Industry, Design and Flight Dynamics of a HALE UAV;

2001 –

London, Kingston University, civil unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), “State of the Art and Challenges for the Future”.


Author of numerous journal and conference papers (more than 100).

Present position:

- Head of the Aircraft Design Department at Warsaw University of Technology;


- Course Director for Aerospace Engineering Program in WUT;


- member of Scientific Council and Head of the Commission for Research Planning and Development in the Institute of Aviation.



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