In Memory of Bohdan Kulakowski
On Wednesday evening, March 22, 2006 while riding his bicycle home from work Bohdan lost his life when struck by a distracted driver. On that day we lost a remarkable and dedicated highway transportation scientist and we added another count to our highway fatality database. Bohdan was a man who was fully aware of the risks of traveling to and from work on his bicycle. He often talked at length of the strategies he employed to minimize his risk and he went so far as to take me along his daily commuting route pointing out the many steps he takes to reduce the likelihood of being struck by a motor vehicle. I know of no one more focused on safety and so dedicated to reducing risk.Bohdan was an internationally recognized expert in automatic control systems, computer simulations and control processes, systems dynamics, vehicle/road dynamic interaction and transportation systems. He served as director of Pennsylvania Transportation Institute from 1991 to 2003. He was a remarkable teacher winning Penn State’s George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Engineering Society Outstanding Teaching Award and the Engineering Society Premier Teaching Award.John Mason, dean of Graduate Studies, Research and Outreach at Penn State University said, “Bohdan’s leadership and scholarly activities will have a lasting effect on his many students, faculty research assistants and staff at the Pennsylvania Transportation Institute. His significant contributions to the profession, which have been recognized both nationally and internationally, will influence those in the profession for years to come.””Bohdan was one of the finest faculty and human beings that I have known, and we will all sorely miss him,” said David Wormley, the Harold and Inge Marcus dean of the College of Engineering. “Our sympathies go out to his family and friends.”Bohdan served as Secretary for the International Forum for Road Transport Technology and was the organizer of the 9th Symposium on Heavy Vehicle Weights and Dimensions which was dedicated to his memory.Bohdan will be missed by all who knew him. He was a remarkable person and a dedicated scholar whose contributions to science will live on by his written word and whose contributions to society will be remembered through his many selfless and generous deeds.