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Pietrak Karol

PhD, MSc, Assistant Professor - Thermodynamics division,  room 208, e-mail: karol.pietrak@itc.pw.edu.pl phone: (48) 22 234 52 23

Office hours:

xx-xx xx-xx

Research interests:

  • Numerical methods
  • Inverse thermal problems
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Heat transfer in heterogeneous media
  • Measurement techniques

Topics of intermediate, engineering and master's projects (examples):

  • Write a program for the analysis of composite structures based on SEM images (own codes in MATLAB, Octave)
  • Particle swarm optimization methods in optimization and inverse heat transfer problems solution  (literature study + simple computation in Matlab or PSwarm)
  • Artificial neural networks in heat transfer problems (literature study + possible computation in MATLAB)
  • Gradientless methods of optimization - classification, history, applications (literature study + possible computation in Matlab)
  • Mathematical methods of computed tomography - principles, history and features (literature study + possible computation in MATLAB)
  • Measurement uncertainty and measurement error - definitions, classifications and estimation methods (writing a guide for other students based on newest norms)
  • Calculations of electronics cooling systems and other heat exchangers (analytical and/or numerical)


  • Thermodynamics (lecture for external studies and tutorials, in Polish)
  • Computer science 1 (lab, in Polish)
  • Numerical methods in heat transfer (lab, Polish and English)
  • Intergrated laboratory (lab, Polish and English)
  • Fluid and thermal measurements (lab - external studies, in Polish)
  • Thermodynamics 2 (lab, Polish and English)


Participation in larger research projects:

  • 2017-2020: DryWall - Development of an innovative technology for drying and insulating of walls (National Center for Research and Development, POIR.04.01.02-00-0099/16)
  • 2013-2016: INNOOS -Development of a system of innovative test stands for examination of personal protective equipment (National Center for Research and Development, O-ROB/ 0011/03/001)
  • 2012-2013: TERMET – New functional materials of increased thermal conductivity (EU fund Innovative Economy, POIG.01.01.02-00-097/09)

Peer reviews for Journals:

  • Thermochimica Acta, International Journal of Solids and Structures, International Journal of Materials Research, eXPRESS Polymer Letters

Organizational activity:


singing in choir, music composition, psychology and politics

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