Akademia Górniczo Hutnicza im. Stanisława Staszica w Krakowie AGH Wydział Inżynierii Mechanicznej i Robotyki

The Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics

The Faculty of Mechanical
Engineering and Robotics


The Faculty's History

The idea to establish a University of Mining with the native lecture language appeared in Poland during the partitioning period in the XIX century. As a result of the many efforts of Polish mining engineers, the Ministry of Public Work in Vienna notified the Presiding City Board of Cracow of the decision that a mining engineering academy was to be opened in Cracow.

The university, nowadays The University of Science and Technology of Stanisław Staszic, brought into existence according to resolution of the cabinet on April 8, 1919. The Head of the State, Józef Piłsudski, nominated six professors on May 1, 1919, and on October 20, 1919, he inaugurated the Academy of Mining in the hall of Collegium Novum of the Jagiellonian University. It was then, that he pronounced the historical formula "I announce that The University of Mining is open".

In the beginning, the first lectures took place in buildings which belonged to different schools in Cracow. In June 1923, a foundation stone was put into place to build a main building.

The Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics is one of the oldest and largest faculties at the AGH University of Science and Technology in Cracow. It has been involved in research and education for over 50 years, educating outstanding researchers, engineers, academics and businessmen.

The beginning of the Faculty dates back to 1952; the idea to establish the Faculty, however, is much older and was developed back in 1922, when Prof. Jan Krauze submitted a request to the Minister of Religious Denominations and Public Enlightenment to establish a separate faculty of mechanics with two departments: construction and mechanics. Next, in 1926, the General Assembly of Professors of the Academy supported the idea of establishing a faculty of mechanics or electromechanics.

The rapid development of mechanics in the Academy started after World War II. On 8 January 1946, two new faculties began operations at the Academy, including the Faculty of Electromechanics, organised by Prof. Jan Krauze, who also became the first Dean of the Faculty.

It comprised the following units: Theory of Machines, Theoretical Mechanics, Mechanical Material Processing, Heat Engines, Pumps and Ventilators. The Faculty staff included renowned academics representing different fields of mechanics, inter alia: the aforementioned Jan Krauze, Wacław Olszak, Witold Biernawski, Stefan Ziemba and Kazimierz Szawłowski. For the outstanding academic − Prof. Maksymilian Tytus Hubert − the Department of Advanced Mechanics was established. Graduates from the Faculty at that time, depending on their educational profile, received either the title of Master of Science in Mechanics or Master of Science in Electrical Engineering.

In 1952, the Faculty of Electromechanics was divided into the Faculty of Electrification of Mining and Metallurgy and the Faculty of Mechanisation of Mining and Metallurgy. The latter constitutes the true beginning of the history of our Faculty. Prof. Maksymilian Szawłowski became the first Dean and the Faculty comprised the following units:

  • Department of Metallurgy Machines (Chair − Prof. Stanisław Zygmuntowicz),
  • Department of Mining Machines (Chair − Prof. Wacław Lesiecki),
  • Department of Theory of Machines (Chair − Prof. Edmund Chromiński),
  • Department of Technical Mechanics (Chair − Prof. Mieczysław Damasiewicz),
  • Department of Product Engineering (Chair − Prof. Witold Biernawski),
  • Department of Material Durability (Chair − Prof. Aleksander Lisowski).

The B−2 Pavilion, opened in 1953, together with the engine−house, as well as the pre−war Machine Laboratory building became the main educational and research quarters for the Faculty. In the first year of its operations, 403 people studied at the Faculty of Mechanisation of Mining and Metallurgy.

The 1957/58 academic year saw a number of organisational changes at the Academy. The Faculty was renamed the Faculty of Mining and Metallurgy Machines. Moreover, new units were established: the Department of the History of Technology and Technical Sciences and the Department of Mineral Processing Machines. Furthermore, two consultation centres were established, in Olkusz and Kielce. The latter evolved into the College of Engineering, and next into the Kielce University of Technology. At the same time the number of students at the Faculty of Mining and Metallurgy Machines also increased. In the 1964/65 academic year, already 1355 students attended the Faculty (of which 471 studied in extramural and evening classes). In 1965, the Faculty was authorised to grant post−doctoral degrees in mechanics and machine construction.

The year 1969 brought organisational changes in all institutions of higher education in Poland. At the Faculty of Mining and Metallurgy Machines, departments were replaced by the following institutes:

  • Institute of Mining and Processing Machines and Automatics (Director − Prof. T. Kubiczek),
  • Institute of Metallurgy Machines and Automatics (Director − Prof. J. Anioła),
  • Institute of Machine Construction (Director − Associate Professor M. Warszyński).

The Institute of Mechanics and Vibroacoustics was created in 1974. It was developed from the Laboratory of Vibrations and Noise (established in 1971) and the Research Laboratory of Technical Mechanics and Theory of Application. From that time on, extensive research has been conducted at the Faculty and its staff produced very good results, which led to numerous publications in Polish and foreign scientific journals.

Achievements were also made in the education. The Faculty offered regular studies, doctoral and post−graduate, as well as studies for working people, which were organised in Cracow and in consultation centres in Olkusz, Zgorzelec, Chodzież and Końskie. The respective institutes organised various conferences and symposia, in cooperation with other research units in Poland and abroad.

In 1992, the Faculty's research and educational activity was further extended, whilst the name of the Faculty was changed to its current form − the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics. The following year, the department−based structure was re−introduced. The four Institutes were replaced with nine departments:

  • Department of Machine Strength and Manufacturing,
  • Department of Mining, Dressing and Transport Machines,
  • Department of Technological Equipment and Environmental Protection,
  • Department of Process Control,
  • Department of Power Installations,
  • Department of Rope Transport,
  • Department of Mechanics and Vibroacoustics,
  • Department of Robotics and Mechatronics,
  • Department of Strength of Materials,
  • Department of Machine Design and Technology.

The number of students and staff at the Faculty has been increasing systematically. Increasingly more scientific and research projects have been implemented for use in industry. Educational and laboratory support facilities have been developed, mainly through the modernisation of buildings, lecture halls and research laboratories. The Faculty is also fully equipped with computer equipment and access to the Internet.

In 2005, Prof. Janusz Kowal became the Dean of the Faculty, whilst the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics is counted among the best in the country and, in meeting European educational standards, can easily compete with foreign research and educational institutions. Our strong position is based, inter alia, on: outstanding academic staff (over 200 academic teachers), high quality of research projects, publications and patents − totalling 42 in the past four years, proper research and educational support facilities (3 pavilions and a technology hall with rare laboratory and measuring equipment), as well as a modern educational system.

The Faculty has awarded a large number of academic and professional degrees, thus proving its significance. To date 150 persons have obtained the title of doctor habilitatus, whilst nearly 500 obtained the title of doctor in technical sciences. We also have thousands of graduates with the title of Master of Science in Mechanics. Our graduates work in a wide variety of fields and specialisations in industry and achieve professional success thanks to the knowledge and qualifications gained during their studies. Numerous national and international awards, as well as honorary titles also attest to the research and educational achievements of the Faculty's staff.

The Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics has also developed wide cooperation with various research and educational institutions, as well as industry concerns in Poland (inter alia: Polish Academy of Science, State Committee for Scientific Research, KGHM Polska Miedź S.A., DELPHI Automotive Systems, Siemens, Mitsubishi Electric) and abroad (inter alia: Clausthal University, ICAM (Nantes, Lille, Toulouse), University of Nottingham, Chicago State University). This enables us to organise numerous congresses, conferences and symposia. Employees and students participate in foreign scholarships and implement a variety of projects. Further, in cooperation with industry, we provide expertise for commercial customers.

Thanks to our 50−year tradition and modern approach, our openness to technological developments and high quality of education, studies at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics are a good investment in your future and will facilitate your professional carrier in industry, state administration or research.

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