Tomasz Arciszewski

Professor Emeritus, Structural Engineering

Dr. Tomasz Arciszewski retired from George Mason University in 2014 after 21 years of vibrant contributions to the department.  He now holds the status of professor emeritus.  Retirement from George Mason allows him to devote his full energy to his interests in engineering education and inventive engineering.

Dr. Arciszewski earned his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Structural Engineering in 1970, and his Ph.D. in 1975, from the Warsaw University of Technology.  Before joining George Mason University in 1994, he was a member of the faculty at Wayne State University for 10 years.  Prior to 1984, he held teaching positions in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Nigeria, and in the Department of Metal Structures at the Warsaw University of Technology.

Dr. Arciszewski’s formal academic background was in the area of structural engineering and mechanics with hands-on design experience in steel space structures and in general structural engineering in Poland and Switzerland.  Over his academic career he became increasingly interested in inventive engineering, knowledge acquisition, visual thinking in inventive design, and education.  His signature courses on inventive engineering attracted graduate and undergraduate students from across the Volgenau School of Engineering, and his expertise in these areas took him round the globe, lecturing and inspiring new initiatives in a host of foreign universities.  Dr. Arciszewski was also very involved in initiatives launched by the American Society of Civil Engineering in computing,  and in 2004 he he received the ASCE Computing Award and in 2006 the Intelligent Computing in Engineering Award from the European Group for Intelligent Computing in Engineering.