Walter Bryzik named new mechanical engineer chair
DETROIT - Walter Bryzik, former chief scientist for the U.S. Army’s Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), has been named the new chair of mechanical engineering at Wayne State University.
Bryzik rose to the top of the technical civilian rank in the military as chief scientist. He earned the nation’s highest award for science and technology – the Distinguished Presidential Rank Award – given to him personally at the White House in 2004 by President George Bush.
“I have always liked Wayne State for its variety of students and for the opportunities it offers to everyone no matter their background,” he said. “I want to work with students who want to be here and have been given a chance to excel, and at a place where you don’t have to be Rockefeller to get in, where you are judged by outputs, not inputs.”
He is perhaps best recognized as the primary originator of the adiabatic engine which does not require intense cooling typically performed by radiators, and uses many unique technical features such as high-temperature ceramic, composite materials and limited cooling system size and weight.
While most of his time has been spent between his family in Grosse Pointe and his work at TARDEC in Warren, he is already familiar with some of the faculty in the WSU Mechanical Engineering Department, including Professor Naeim Henein, director of the WSU Center for Automotive Research. The two have worked closely over the past few decades on many projects, most recently and significantly performing research on diesel engines in extreme cold climates.