prof. dr hab. eng. Jacek Mąkinia

Gdansk University of Technology, Poland



A graduate of the Faculty of Hydrotechnics at the Gdańsk University of Technology. He received his doctorate in 1998 at Portland State University (USA), and habilitation (with honors) in 2007 at the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Gdańsk University of Technology. In 2013 he was awarded the title of professor of technical sciences, and in 2016 he was appointed professor. In the years 2012-2016 he was the vice-rector for cooperation and innovation at the Gdańsk University of Technology. From 2014, he is the head of the Department of Sanitary Engineering.


During his work at the Gdańsk University of Technology he completed long-term industrial internships at the Danish Environmental Association in Aarhus (Denmark), the “Øresund” sewage treatment plant in Helsingborg (Sweden) and the Unified Sewerage Agency of Washington Country in Hillsboro (USA). In addition, he was a scholarship holder of the Foundation: Fulbright at Portland State University (USA), Humboldt at Leibniz Universität Hannover (Germany) and Kosciuszko at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago (USA). Visiting professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, University of Washington in Seattle and Tongji University in Shanghai.


Author of over 230 publications, including one independent book published by IWA Publishing in London. Research topics of the team led by prof. Mąkinia, includes modern wastewater treatment systems including biogen and energy recovery. In his research he uses advanced analytical tools, including computer simulation models, life cycle analysis (LCA) and molecular biology techniques. The results of the research are numerous patents, implementations and applications at wastewater treatment plants nationwide, as well as prototype solutions (including the gold medal and distinction awarded at the “Technicon-Innovations” Fair in 2013 and 2014).


In recent years, the team has completed almost 20 research and development projects, including 5 international projects under the 7th EU Framework Program, the Norwegian Financial Mechanism, the Polish-German Program for Sustainable Development, Interreg and the Operational Program “Innovative Economy”.


The secretary of the Management Committee of the “Nutrient Removal and Recovery” – specialist group within the International Water Association (IWA) as the only Pole has the title of IWA Fellow (2016), chairman of the Polish IWA Section, member of the German Water Association (DWA) working groups and Water Environment Research Foundation in the USA, a member of the Gdańsk Scientific Society and the TAU BETA PI honorary association in the USA, the chairman of the Gdansk branch of Societas Humboldtiana Polonorum.



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