Dr. Zbigniew Prusak was honored for his educational and community achievements at the 44 Club annual dinner held on Jan. 16 at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU).
Prusak was cited by dinner chairman Tomasz Jarmoszko and club president Zbigniew Woznica for commitment to his profession and to the 44 Club’s educational and Polish-American cultural purposes.
The 44 Club was established by New Britain-area Polish leaders to foster social, professional, intellectual and cultural advancement of the Polish-American community.
Prusak is professor of engineering at CCSU and a noted authority in precision manufacturing, metrology, and inventive design, among other specializations. In 2005, he won the prestigious CCSU Excellence in Teaching Award. He completed his undergraduate and masters degrees at the Krakow University of Technology and his doctorate at the University of Connecticut.
The Krakow native volunteers at the Polish Language School of New Britain and has served on the school’s management board which oversees 650 students—outside of Chicago–the largest such enrollment in North America.
“We parents understand that our grandchildren may not speak much of the language from the old country—such is the reality of immigration—but they will have all the reasons for being very proud of their heritage,” Prusak believes.
He has worked in four countries. While living in Paris, he volunteered to teach mathematics to high school students from Polish families living in France. In Montreal, Canada, he was a member of the Canadian-Polish Geographic Society and of Tatry, a Polish Folk Dance ensemble.
Prusak is an avid outdoorsman and hiked over a thousand miles of mountain trails in Poland. He’s an active member of the National Ski Patrol and is seen often on the trails of Mt. Southington.
An ambassador for all things Polish, Prusak introduces new faculty members at CCSU to local Polish stores and restaurants. “We truly have a representation of the United Nations at the university.”
He also has high praise for his university students. “From my experiences as a doctoral student and as a faculty member, Polish students in engineering are always among the best. Many of them are the first ones to get a university education and become successful professionals. Some of them have moved on to pretty big things,” he said proudly.