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Boleslaw Szymanski, Claire & Roland Schmitt Distinguished Professor of Computer Science

Szymanski Named Foreign Member of Polish Academy of Sciences

Boleslaw Szymanski, Rensselaer’s Claire & Roland Schmitt Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, has been named a foreign member of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN). The nomination is among the highest lifetime honors bestowed by the Polish government.

Membership to PAN is limited to just 350 scientists and engineers. Together, they comprise the governing body of the state scientific institution and a major scientific advisory body both within and outside of Poland.

Szymanski was nominated for his important, lifelong contributions to computer science. As such, he will become one of only 30 members of the Technical Sciences division of PAN. As part of this division, Szymanski will help coordinate foreign cooperation within his field and address problems that arise within his subject area.

Szymanski earned a master of science in electronics from the Warsaw University of Technology in Poland and a doctorate in computer science from the Polish Academy of Science. He joined Rensselaer in 1985 as an associate professor of computer science. Prior to joining Rensselaer, he served on the faculty at Warsaw University of Technology and as a researcher for the Institute of Scientific, Technical, and Economic Information in Poland. He later served as a member of the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania.

In addition to his chaired position at Rensselaer, he is also founding director of the Center for Pervasive Computing and Networking at Rensselaer and the head of the new Center for Social and Cognitive Networks. This new center, opened in October 2009, is part of the newly created Collaborative Technology Alliance (CTA) of the Army Research Laboratory (ARL). In addition to his work at Rensselaer, Szymanski is an active entrepreneur and industrial consultant. He is a fellow of the IEEE and editor-in-chief of Scientific Programming.

His research focuses on large-scale networks, including the Internet. His work spans from network science, with an emphasis on social networks and computer wireless and sensor networks for both social and security applications, to the design of computer algorithms and simulations that mimic biological phenomena such as infectious diseases.
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