Into life’s ocean the youth with a thousand masts daringly launches;
Mute, in a boat sav’d from wreck, enters the greybeard the port!
Friedrich von Schiller (1759-1805)


Professor Dr Bogdan Thaddeus. Fijalkowski, DSc, PhD, MSc; FWEVA, MISTVS, MPSTE (PL), MIEEE (PL), MIMechE (PL),
born in 21st August 1932, died 29th March 2021

Professor Dr Bogdan T. Fijalkowski was born in 1932 in Poland. He obtained MSc in Electrical Engineering, PhD in Power Electronics and DSc in Physical Heterogeneous Discrete Dynamical Systems from Szczecin University of Technology in 1959, Academy of Mining and Metallurgy in 1965 and Poznan University of Technology in 1988, respectively. He began his professional and electrical engineering carrier in 1955. He has been working 5 years in industry and 45 years in academia; he was the Director of the Electrotechnics & Industrial Electronics Institute, Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering and he was the Head of Automotive Mechatronics Institution, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the Cracow University of Technology, Poland. He was a visiting professor at several well-known universities. He serves as Consultant to several organizations in Poland and the United States. He is the signatory of the MoU for the establishment of World Electric Vehicles Association (WEVA).

He was Guest Editor of Journalof Circuits, Systems and Computers Special Issue on Automotive Electronics, Reviewer and Referee, IEEE Trans-actionson Circuits and Systems — Part I, IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems, International Journal of Vehicle Design, USA, International Journal on Advanced Robotic Systems and International Journal of Technology Management (IJTM), USA. Reviewer of books and book chapters on “Automotive Electrics and Electronics”, “Electric Drives Systems Dynamics” “Wireless Information Transmission” as well as “Information Security”, and is listed in “Who’s Who in the World”, “Who’s Who in Science and Engineering” and so on. He has published 28 books and book chapters as well as over 200 technical papers and 25 patents on mining and automotive electrics and electronics as well as mechatronics. Recent publications by him include books (monographs), book chapters, journal articles, and conference proceedings on topics such as mathematical models of selected aerospace and automotive discrete dynamical hypersystems as well as the civil and military, wheeled and tracked all-electric and hybrid-electric vehicles and also nano-magneto- rheological fluid (NMRF) mechatronic commutator, ‘crankless’ internal combustion engines with energy storage, termed the Fijalkowski engines and automotive gas turbines that are based on the Fijalkowski turbine boosting (FTB) system. Curently, ‘Springer’ published his two volumes’ book entitled “Automotive Mechatronics Operational and Practical Issues” and ‘IOP Punlishng’ published his book entitled “Mechatronics: Dynamical Systems Approach and Theory of Holors”. He made valuable contributions to several of ASME, ISATA, ISTVS, SAE, IEEE SMC as well as EVS and WEVA conferences as a track and/or session chair and speaker and was always a pleasure to work with. A great communicator, always candid and thoughtful in his interactions with others, he was an inspiration for many of scientists. He had just accepted once again to chair a session at next conferences and scientists will accept his cheerful presence and intelligent participation. His hobby is yachting. He has the Rank of Ocean-Going Yacht Master.