Professor of Physics
Rector of the University of Warsaw
President of the Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland
Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw, Poland
Country of origin: Poland
What I do.
Almost from the beginning of my career I've worked at the Faculty of Physics of the University of Warsaw. In my scientific research, I focus on information optics, holography, and pattern recognition and classification. Ten years ago I was elected as dean of the Faculty of Physics at my university. In 2005 I became a rector of the University of Warsaw. It was the first time in the history of the university that a woman was elected for this position.
What I find exciting.
The most exciting experience for me is to be in contact with young people. I appreciate their enthusiasm, energy, and will to change common practices. It is very interesting and also motivating to see their perception of science. We can learn a lot from our younger colleagues and scientists.
What I wish someone had told me.
In the 1980s, during my stay in Québec, I used to go to baseball games. When one of the players would run to catch the ball, all the fans would shout: "Vas-y, tu es capable!" (Run, you can make it!) I think it is very important to hear that at the beginning of your journey. Tutors should say to their students: you can and you will make it! That is what I always say to my students and younger colleagues.
[Katarzyna Chalasinska-Macukow receives congratulations from SPIE Director, Anthony DeMaria.]