Modernization and building a new scientific and research infrastructure
at the Military University of Technology and the Warsaw University of Technology

The ceremonial inauguration of the construction of the Gas Turbine Center

May 13th 2015 we celebrated the inauguration of the construction of the Gas Turbine Center - the newest investment of the Institute of Aviation. The modernization and construction project of the new research infrastructure of the consortium comprised of the Institute of Aviation, the Military Academy of Technology and the Warsaw University of Technology is aimed at enabling the numerical and experimental research on turbine engines. The implementation of the project is co-financed from the European Regional Development Fund within the Innovative Economy Programme 2007-2013. At the end of 2015 the new center will start its operations.

The ceremony of the Gas Turbine Center construction was attended by: prof. Witold Wiśniowski – the Director of the Institute of Aviation, Rafał Kajka, PhD. Eng – the Deputy Director of the Institute of Aviation and Director of the Engineering Design Center, and invited guests: Magdalena Nizik  –  the Chairman of General Electric Company Polska Sp. z o. o., Michał Małecki Power Generation Engineering Manager and Michael Leary – the General Manager, GE Gas Turbine Engineering.

In the first part of the meeting, the range of activities of the Gas Turbine Center of Excellence and business and scientific results as well as possibilities of cooperation with Polish scientific community were discussed.

The second part of the meeting was held on the Gas Turbine Center of Excellence future construction site. A presentation on the laboratory and office area of the investment, as well as equipment and prototype laboratory, was given by Repair Development Center Manager - Piotr Steckowicz. Speeches on the importance of the new center for both the Institute of Aviation and Polish science were delivered by: Witold Wiśniowski, Magdalena Nizik and Michael Leary.

-  The new center is a very important investment for the Institute of Aviation. The laboratory will be so modern, it will allow us to reach the highest levels of technology – said the Director of the Institute of Aviation, prof. Witold Wiśniowski.

The highlight of the ceremony was the moment when Witold Wiśniowski together with guests officially broke ground for the future investment using a golden shovel.

Subsequently, the guests signed and placed a commemorative scroll in a bottle that was given to the Director of Infrastructure – Grzegorz Szymanowski. The bottle will be buried under the foundations of the new Gas Turbine Center.  

Commemorative statuettes for this occasion were presented to: Witold Wiśniowski, Magdalena Nizik, Michael Leary, Rafał Kajka, Roman Domański, Kevin Worley, Piotr Steckowicz, Michał Małecki, Grzegorz Szymanowski, John Lammas and Steve Hartman.

The ceremony ended with a photo of the management, the guests and the team of engineers who will carry out the work in the new center.

(źródło: www.ilot.edu.pl)