DSc Eng. Piotr Szynkarczyk to be again Director of Łukasiewicz-PIAP Institute

DSc Eng. Piotr Szynkarczyk, the current Director of the Łukasiewicz-PIAP was appointed for the next five-year term as of April 1, 2020 by Mr Piotr Dardziński, President of Łukasiewicz Centre.


As an expert in the field of unmanned ground vehicles for military applications and mobile robots for civilian use DSc Eng. Piotr Szynkarczyk was appointed the Director of Łukasiewicz-PIAP. Set of objectives for the 2020-2025 term established by the Director includes the increase the growth potential of Łukasiewicz-PIAP Institute and its integration with the Łukasiewicz Research Network, building the Łukasiewicz-PIAP brand awareness, as well as cooperation with clients and increasing revenues from current and new markets.

DSc Eng. Piotr Szynkarczyk is one of the main designers of the first Polish pyrotechnic robots – Inspector and Expert. Author and co-author of 11 patent applications and 70 scientific and technical articles posted in Polish and foreign publications. A member of, among others: The Committee on Automatic Control and Robotics of the Polish Academy of Sciences, The General Council of Research Institutes and the International Association for Automation and Robotics in Construction. He was awarded the Order of Polonia Restituta (2016), the Gold Medal of Merit for National Defence (2015) and the Bronze Cross of Merit (2005).

He has comprehensive education and holds a postdoctoral degree granted by the Scientific Council of the Air Force Institute of Technology (2019). He completed Polish-American postgraduate studies on Commercialization of Innovative Ventures and New Technologies at the University of Lodz administered in cooperation with the University of Texas in Austin, USA (2010). He defended his doctoral thesis with distinction at the Military University of Technology at the Faculty of Armaments and Aviation (2000). He gained his master’s degree at the Faculty of Power and Aeronautical Engineering at the Warsaw University of Technology, specialty – robotics (1992).

DSc Eng. Piotr Szynkarczyk is also an innovation specialist both in theoretical and practical applications as well as commercialization of scientific achievements. He has experience and a proven track record of success in raising funds for research funding as well as execution and supervision of R&D and implementation works. This is evidenced by numerous transfers of technologies created at the Institute to the economy and the business sectors, including fields of mobile robotics, industry automation and robotics.

He has been associated with Łukasiewicz-PIAP for a long time. In 2015 he was appointed the Director of the Institute for the first time in a competition procedure. To this day, his subordinate teams have produced, promoted and sold nearly 300 mobile robots for special applications to countries including: Belarus, Lithuania, China, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Spain, United Arab Emirates, Nigeria, Indonesia, South Korea, Pakistan, Kosovo, France, Senegal, Romania and Poland.

In private, husband and father. He is an enthusiast of new technologies. In his spare time he is passionate about astronomy and astrophotography. He built the astronomical observatory himself. He also deals with amateur radio and satellite communications. He holds a radio amateur license and has own space-to-ground communication station, which is capable of receiving space probe signals. He builds and flies remotely controlled flying models. He is also interested in 3D printing.