Medal of Honour ‘In Recognition’ for Professor Aleksandra Bujakiewicz
On 17 December 2022, the General Board of the Association of Polish Surveyors (SGP) awarded Professor Aleksandra Bujakiewicz the Medal of Honour ‘In Recognition’. This is one of the highest honors in the Association of Polish Surveyors, of which Professor Bujakiewicz has been a member for nearly 50 years.
Professor Aleksandra Bujakiewicz with the Medal of Honour ‘In Recognition’
In the photo from the left: Prof. Janusz Walo – President of the SGP, Barbara Kosińska – Secretary General of the SGP and prof. Aleksandra Bujakiewicz
She was awarded the silver badge of honor in 1980, the gold badge in 2007 and the diamond badge in 2013. For 21 years she chaired the Polish Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (PTFiT) representing Polish photogrammetrists internationally and integrating this community in the country. During this time, she was active in the organization of 11 National Photogrammetric Symposia and 9 National Geoinformation Symposia. As President of PTFiT, she represented Poland at 5 ISPRS congresses, having already participated much earlier as an active scientist. Professor Bujakiewicz participated in the preparation of numerous legal opinions. She served as Chairperson of the Scientific Council of the Archives of Photogrammetry, Cartography and Remote Sensing. The professor brought up a group of many photogrammeters, showing them the spirit of activity in the Association of Polish Surveyors.
Professor Aleksandra Bujakiewicz completed her studies in geodesy and cartography at the Faculty of Geodesy and Cartography of the Warsaw University of Technology in 1961 and obtained her doctoral degree there in 1971 in the discipline of geodesy and cartography, with the majority in photogrammetry. She received her habilitation in 1980 also at the Warsaw University of Technology, and the title of professor of technical sciences in geodesy and cartography in 2006. A long-time employee of the Warsaw University of Technology. Professor Bujakiewicz taught photogrammetry at the Faculty of Civil Engineering in Zambia from 1984. Two years later, she won the competition for the position of professor at the Department of Geodesy of the University of Harare in Zimbabwe, as a member of the university senate and the committee for scientific and research activities. After three years, she returned to Zambia University, where she became the dean of the Department of Geodesy. She held this position for the next 10 years, being also Zambia’s delegate in the ISPRS congress. After returning to the country, she held several functions at the Warsaw University of Technology, including the position of vice-dean for studies and the long-term head of the Department of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and GIS. After work at the Warsaw University of Technology, she headed the Department of Geoinformatics at the Koszalin University of Technology. She was also a member of the Geodesy Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Her long-standing activities were always combined with cooperation and activity in PTFiT and SGP.