Zenon Jan Pudlowski graduated Master of Electrical Engineering from the Academy of Mining and Metallurgy (Cracow, Poland), and Doctor of Philosophy from Jagiellonian University (Cracow), in 1968 and 1979, respectively. Professor Pudlowski is currently Director of the World Institute for Engineering and Technology Education (WIETE), based in Melbourne, Australia, and is an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty of Arts at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. In March 2013, he was appointed an Adjunct Professor in the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, USA. Most recently, he was Associate Professor, Professor, and the Director of the UNESCO International Centre for Engineering Education (UICEE) in the Faculty of Engineering at Monash University, between 1994 and 2009. He was Associate Dean (Engineering Education) of the Faculty of Engineering between 1994 and 1998.
From 1969 to 1976 he was a lecturer in the Institute of Technology at the University of Pedagogy, Cracow, Poland. Between 1976 and 1979 he was a researcher at the Institute of Vocational Education, Warsaw, Poland, and from 1979 to 1981 was an adjunct professor in the Institute of Pedagogy at Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland. From 1981 to 1993 he was with the Department of Electrical Engineering at The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia, where, in recent years, he was a Senior Lecturer and Director of the Electrical Engineering Education Research Group (EEERG).
In 1992, he was instrumental in establishing an International Faculty of Engineering at the Technical University of Lodz, Poland, of which he was the Foundation Dean (1993-95) and Professor (in absentia) (1992-99). He was also appointed Honorary Dean of the English Engineering Faculty at the Donetsk National Technical University (DonNTU) in the Ukraine in 1995.
His research interests include circuit analysis, electrical machines and apparatus, implementation of computer technology in electrical engineering, software engineering, methodology of engineering education and industrial training, educational psychology and measurement, human aspects of communication in engineering and technology, cross-cultural business negotiations in engineering, environmental protection education, as well as cultures and technologies, including indigenous technologies. His achievements to date have been published in books and manuals and in over 350 scientific papers, in refereed journals and conference proceedings.
Professor Pudlowski is a Fellow of the World Innovation Foundation (WIF), UK, and was a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Australia (resigned in 2012). He is a member of the editorial advisory board the International Journal of Engineering Education, the International Journal of Technology and Engineering Education, and Botswana Journal of Technology. He is the founder of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE) and the Australasian Journal of Engineering Education (AJEE), and was the 1st Vice-President and Executive Director of the AAEE and the Editor-in-Chief of the AJEE since its inception in 1989 until 1997.
He has been the Editor-in-Chief of the Global Journal of Engineering Education (GJEE) and the World Transactions on Engineering and Technology Education (WTE&TE) since the establishment of these two international journals. He was on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Electrical Engineering Education (1993-2005) and the European Journal of Engineering Education (1993-2005). Prof. Pudlowski was the Foundation Secretary of the International Liaison Group for Engineering Education (ILG-EE) (1989-2006) and was its Chairman between 2006 and 2009. Professor Pudlowski was a member of the UNESCO International Committee on Engineering Education (ICEE) (1992-2000). He has chaired and organised numerous international conferences and meetings. He was the Academic Convener of the 2nd World Conference on Engineering Education and the General Chairman of the East-West Congresses on Engineering Education. He was General Chairman of the UNESCO 1995 International Congress of Engineering Deans and Industry Leaders and General Chairman of the Global Congress on Engineering Education, to name a few.
He has received numerous distinctions and awards. He received the inaugural AAEE Medal for Distinguished Contributions to Engineering Education (Australasia) in 1991 and was awarded the Order of the Egyptian Syndicate of Engineers for Contributions to the Development of Engineering Education on both National and International Levels in 1994.
In June 1996, Professor Pudlowski received an Honorary Doctorate from the Donetsk National Technical University in the Ukraine in recognition of his contributions to international engineering education; in July 1998 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Technology from Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom, and in February 2008 he received an Honorary Doctorate in Engineering from Kingston University, London, England, United Kingdom. He was elected a member of the Ukrainian Academy of Engineering Sciences in 1997. In 2002, he was awarded the title of an Honorary Professor of the Tomsk Polytechnic University, Tomsk, Russia, and was an External Professor at Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark (2002-2007). He is listed in 14 Who's Who encyclopaedias, including the Marquis Who's Who in the World.
In 2009, he was appointed Vice-Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Commonwealth Science and Technology Academy for Research (C-STAR), based in Chennai, India.