President of Poland Andrzej Duda visits the KF September 20, 2017


President RP at The Kosciuszko Foundation

Photo from left: PIOTR WILCZEK Ambassador RP in Washington, D.C., MACIEJ GOLUBIEWSKI Consul General PR in New York, MAREK SKULIMOWSKI President & Executive Director at The Kosciuszko Foundation in New York, dr CHRISTOPHER KOLASA KF Trustee, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF POLAND ANDRZEJ DUDA, ANDRZEJ ROJEK  KF Trustee, ALEX  STOROZYNSKI Chairman of the Board, ARTHUR SZYMANSKI KF Trustee, SABINA KLIMEK Consul RP, Head of Trade and Investment Section.

Meeting with the Scientists of Polish Origin, Members of the KF Collegium of Eminent Scientists

On September 20, 2017, the President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, visited The Kosciuszko Foundation in New York City. He was invited by the Foundation to meet with members of the scientific community who are of Polish origin and are members of the Kosciuszko Foundation Collegium of Eminent Scientists.

At the meeting were delegates from the Polish governments, scientists and members of the Collegium, including Polish Ambassador to the United States, Piotr Wilczek; Chief of the Cabinet at the President's Chancellery, Krzysztof Szczerski; Chief of the National Security Bureau, Paweł Soloch; Consul General of the Republic of Poland in New York, Maciej Golubiewski; Associate Medical Director at Biogen (Research and Early Clinical Development), Mirosław Bryś, M.D., Ph.D.; President and Research Director of PharmaSeq, Inc., Włodzimierz Mandecki, Ph.D; Professor of Mathematics at Northeastern Illinois University, Lidia Filus; and a member of the machine learning team at Google Research New York, Krzysztof Choromanski, Ph.D.

The President and Executive Director of the Kosciuszko Foundation, Marek Skulimowski, welcomed President Duda and his delegation with a brief history of the Foundation and its founding, and its core mission to continue to serve the Polish and Polish-American communities in the States. President Duda, on behalf of Poland, thanked the Kosciuszko Foundation for inviting him and his delegation, as he is the first Polish president to have visited the Foundation. President Duda remarked on the achievements of the Foundation, and for continuing to promote and support a culture of learning, especially among the Polish youth, for the last 92 years.

Zbigniew Darzynkiewicz, a founding member of the Collegium and the Director of the Brander Cancer Research Institute at the New York Medical College, addressed the distinguished guests, stating that one of the foundations of the Collegium is to showcase the immense achievements of Polish scientists, and their work and research and technological advancements. Notable members of the Collegium include Nobel laureates in medicine, physics, and chemistry, and other industry leaders. Professor Darzynkiewicz observed that it is fitting the Collegium was established at the Kosciuszko Foundation, as the Foundation's namesake was himself a military engineer and architect. These deep Polish roots of the Foundation and the Collegium only further strengthen the mission to advocate for more Poles, and Polish-Americans, in the fields of science and technology.

The meeting was not only a chance to present to the President the current leaders and thinkers in these fields, but also to find ways to help further the education of the students in Poland who wish to study and learn abroad, as was brought up by Dr. Celina Imielinska, an electrical engineer and computer scientist and founder of Vesalius Technologies. President Duda recommended that the Kosciuszko Foundation serves as the link between the Polish government, and those students seeking studies abroad to receive the information they need.

This recent and important meeting with President Duda, the Kosciuszko Foundation, and the Collegium will increase the dialogue between the Polish governments and the Foundation in order to raise awareness of Polish scientific achievements in the United States and encourage the younger generation of Polish ancestry to seek support from this rich Polish scientific community.

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