Dr. Tomasz Arciszewski is an interdisciplinary scholar interested in inventive engineering, knowledge acquisition, visual thinking in inventive design, and in education. His present research is funded by the NSF under EAGER Program and is on “Transdisciplinary Theory of Inventive Designing”. Dr. Arciszewski has published more than 160 research and technical articles in various journals, books, and conference proceedings. He is also an inventor, with patents in the areas of tall buildings and spaces structures, obtained in three countries (Canada, Poland, USA).
At GMU, Dr. Arciszewski teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in the areas of structural engineering and design and inventive engineering.
In December 2009, Dr. Arciszewski published a book on Successful Education. How to Educate Creative Engineers. After the book was published, he was invited to give talks on Successful Education on three continents. In Asia, he gave talks at two major universities in Singapore (The National University of Singapore and the Singapore University of Technology and Design), at three universities in Taiwan (The National Taiwan University, the National Kaohsiung University, the National Cheng Kung University), and at the Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. In Europe he gave talks at three universities in Poland (Wroclaw University of Technology, Krakow University of Technology, and Kielce University of Technology), in the UK (The University of Nottingham), and in Italy (Milan University of Technology). In the USA he recently gave talks at the Federal Department of Education in Washington, DC., at Penn State, and at James Madison University. Also, in 2012 his book was published by the China Machine Press and in the same year it was published in Poland.
In the professional arena, Dr. Arciszewski was the founding chair in the Executive Committee of the ASCE Global Center of Excellence in Computing. He also served as a corresponding member on the ASCE International Activities Committee, and on the ASCE Body of Knowledge II Academic Fulfillment Committee, and was a member of the World Federation of Engineering Organizations Committee on “Capacity Building.” In 2004, he received the ASCE Computing Award and in 2006 the Intelligent Computing in Engineering Award from the European Group for Intelligent Computing in Engineering.
Dr. Arciszewski earned his B.Sc. and M.Sc. (Summa Cum Laude) in Structural Engineering in 1970, and his Ph.D. in 1975, all from the Warsaw University of Technology. Before joining George Mason University in 1994, he was an Associate Professor at Wayne State University for 10 years. Prior to 1984, he held teaching positions at the University of Nigeria (Department of Civil Engineering) and at the Warsaw University of Technology (Department of Metal Structures). He has a formal background in the areas of structural engineering and mechanics with hands-on design experience in steel space structures and in general structural engineering gained in Poland and Switzerland.
Areas of Specialization
Structural and inventive engineering, information science, infrastructure security