Faculty of Engineering

Adamiak recognized by the Electrostatics Society of America

Western Engineering News | July 22, 2016

Headshot of Kazimierz AdamiakA remarkable career in research and impressive contributions to the engineering profession has earned a professor recognition from the Electrostatics Society of America (ESA).

Western Engineering congratulates Professor Kazimierz Adamiak, recipient of the 2016 ESA Lifetime Achievement Award — an honour that recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of electrostatics.

A faculty member for 26 years, Adamiak joined the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Western in 1990. His research interests in applied and computational electrostatics, electrohydrodynamics, corona discharges and microfluidics are reflected through his diverse career accomplishments.

This prestigious award is a clear testament to Adamiak’s outstanding dedication to his work.

G.S. Peter Castle, Professor Emeritus and Adjunct Research Professor in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Western, spoke highly of his colleague’s achievements in a written letter of support.

“The pervasiveness of his work can be best identified by his unique contributions and developments in the field of computational electromagnetics,” said Castle. “There is no question that Professor Adamiak is the ‘go to guy’ should anyone need help or advice on any aspect of numerical modeling of electrostatic phenomena.”

Adamiak is best known for his unique contributions to modeling the corona discharge. He pioneered the methodology of combining the Boundary Element Method with the Finite Element Method for simulating the corona discharge in various geometries.

As a result of this work, he has collaborated with researchers world-wide, and subsequently expanded his interest to electrohydrodynamics and dielectric barrier discharges.

Since his first paper in electrostatics in 1991, he has published 88 papers devoted to these topics.

In addition to his personal research efforts, Adamiak has contributed greatly to the engineering profession. He is a registered Professional Engineer, Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Associate Editor of the Journal of Electrostatics.

“He has provided extensive service as a reliable and knowledgeable reviewer for many journals and editorial work for the IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, Journal of Electrostatics, Particulate Science and Technology among others,” said Castle.

“Professor Adamiak is highly deserving of the ESA recognition of a Lifetime Achievement Award.”

A member of the ESA for more than 20 years, Adamiak’s passion for electrostatics is evident.

“Modern electrostatics has led to development of devices that have significantly affected our lives” said Adamiak. “It is hard to imagine our society functioning without copying machines or laser printers — without electrostatics, these devices would not exist.”

As for the future of his research, Adamiak displayed excitement for the possibilities.

“Electrostatic research continues to evolve,” he explained. “Recently, it changed its focus to electrohydrodynamics, microelectromechanical systems, non-thermal plasma and others.”

Adamiak — who has devoted his career to electrostatics — felt truly honored to be recognized with an ESA Lifetime Achievement Award.