Dr. Richard B. Hetnarski, P. E., is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology. He received an M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering at Gdańsk University of Technology in 1952; an M.S. degree in Mathematics at the University of Warsaw in 1960; and a degree of Doctor of Technical Sciences at the Institute of Fundamental Technological Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw in 1964. In the year 1964-1965, he held post-doctorate fellowships at Columbia University in New York and at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. In Poland, he worked in the industry, including the Institute of Aviation in Warsaw (1955-1959), and also at the Institute of Fundamental Technological Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences (1959-1969).
In 1969, Dr. Hetnarski and his family emigrated from Poland to the United States, and he became Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, for the year 1969-1970. From 1970 until 1998, he held positions in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology, first as New York State Science and Technology Foundation Distinguished Visiting Professor (1970-1971), then as Professor (1971-1992), and finally as James E. Gleason Professor (1992-1998). Since 1998, he has been Professor Emeritus.
In 1979, Dr. Hetnarski held a faculty fellowship at the NASA Lewis Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Subsequently, he became a NASA employee as an aeronautical engineer, and worked at NASA until the end of January 1980. Later, he spent five months as Visiting Professor at the University of Paderborn in Germany.
Dr. Hetnarski is the founder and president of the International Congresses on Thermal Stresses (ICTS). These Congresses are held every two years consecutively on three continents. The most recent one, the 10th Congress, was held in Nanjing, China, in 2013.
Dr. Hetnarski has been active in research, publishing, translating, and editing. He is the author of many papers on Mechanics and Mathematics. In 1978, he founded the Journal of Thermal Stresses, and he has been its Editor-in-Chief ever since. He served for thirteen years (1988-2001) as an Associate Editor of Applied Mechanics Reviews. He is an author of four graduate-level textbooks:
1. Thermal Stresses, by N. Noda, R. B. Hetnarski, and Y. Tanigawa, XIV + 493 pages, 2nd edition, Taylor & Francis, 2003;
2. The Mathematical Theory of Elasticity, by R. B. Hetnarski and J. Ignaczak, XXXVI + 800 pages, 2nd edition, CRC Press, 2010;
3. Thermal Stresses - Advanced Theory and Applications, by R. B. Hetnarski and M. R. Eslami, XXXII + 559 pages, Springer, 2009;
4. Theory of Elasticity and Thermal Stresses – Explanations, Problems and Solutions, by M. R. Eslami, R. B. Hetnarski, J. Ignaczak, N. Noda, N. Sumi, and Y. Tanigawa, XVI + 789 pages, Springer, 2013.
Dr. Hetnarski was Editor of the Encyclopedia of Thermal Stresses, a 7-volume, approx. 7000 pages, Springer, 2013.
Also, he was Editor of the five-volume Thermal Stresses handbook which was published by Elsevier in Amsterdam and by Lastran Corp. in Rochester in the years 1986-1999.
Dr. Hetnarski translated three books from Russian, from German, and from English into Polish, and one (with M. Piterman) from Russian into English. He edited seven books on Mechanics.
During his tenure at Rochester Institute of Technology, Dr. Hetnarski served as a consultant to the U.S. Air Force at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, and to a number of industrial companies in the Rochester area; he also served as an expert witness in numerous legal product liability cases in the New York State.