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Zdzislaw Tadeusz Richard Bieniawski Edit Profile

consultant , writer , engineering educator emeritus

Zdzislaw Tadeusz Richard Bieniawski, Polish engineering educator, writer, consultant. Recipient Mayor's Proclamation of City of State College Bieniawski Day, 1983, Rock Mechanics Research award, 1984, Distinguished Toastmaster International award, 1974; Bieniawski Auditorium at University Madrid School Mines named in his honor, 2003.


Bieniawski, Zdzislaw Tadeusz Richard was born on October 1, 1936 in Cracow, Poland. Came to the United States, 1978, naturalized.


Student, Gdansk Technology University, Poland, 1954—1958. Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, University Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, 1961. Master of Science in Engineering Mechanics, University Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, 1963.

Doctor of Philosophy in Rock Engineering, University Pretoria, South Africa, 1968. Doctor of Engineering (honorary), University Madrid, 2001. Akademia Górniczo-Hutnicza im.

Stanisława Staszica (honorary), University of Science & Technology, Cracow, Poland, 2010.


Research engineer, Atomic Energy Board, 1963-1966;director geomechanics department, Council for Science and Industrial Research, Pretoria, 1966-1978;professor mineral engineering, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, 1978-1996;professor science, technical & society, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, 1994-1996;professor emeritus, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, since 1996. Visiting professor U. Karlsruhe, Germany, 1972, Stanford University, 1985, Harvard University, 1990, Cambridge (England) University, 1997. Chairman United States National Committee on Tunneling Technology, 1984-1985.

United States representative to International Tunnel Association, 1984-1985.



Member American Society of Civil Engineers (rock mechanics research award 1984), American Writers Association.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: genealogy, cosmology, poetry writing, financial planning.


Married Elizabeth Hyslop, 1964. 3 children.

Elizabeth Hyslop