- Dr. Wieslaw Binienda, F.ASCE, Professor, University of Akron, Ohio. Provided expert services to the Parliamentary Group for the Investigation of the Polish President plane crash. Professor and Chairman of the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Akron. His research interests include impact simulation, fracture and damage of materials with emphasis on advanced composites, explicit and implicit finite element analysis, smart materials, structural design as well as optimization, characterization and constitutive equation development for ceramics, metals and polymer matrix composites. Dr. Binienda serves as co-director of the Gas Turbine Testing Center at the University of Akron where he is responsible for impact, material and structural experiments. He was was elected n 2010 as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Aerospace Engineering. In 2004 Dr. Binienda received a prestigious NASA Award titled "Turning Goals Into Reality" for valuable contribution to Jet Engine Containment Concepts and Blade-Out Simulation Team and Exceptional Progress Toward Aviation Safety. In 2007 Dr. Binienda was honoured with the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Fellow in recognition for his research accomplishments. He is also a recipient of the College of Engineering Outstanding Researcher Award and The Louis A. Hill, Jr. Award of the University of Akron.
- Dr. Kazimierz Nowaczyk, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland. His area of expertise includes Applied Physics, Mathematics and Statistics, Data Analysis and Presentation, Instrumental Design and Development, Spectroscopy: UV-VIS, Fluorescence, Phosphorescence, Fluorescence Microscopy, computer hardware and operating systems. He provided reports of detailed analysis of data recorded by on-board instruments, TAWS and FMS logs, recovered after presidential plane crash.
- Dr. Maria Szonert-Binienda, Esq., Libra Institute, Cleveland, Ohio. Attorney, a law graduate from the University of Warsaw, with post-graduate study in journalism, she also earned Juris Doctor and MBA degrees in the United States. Attorney Szonert-Binienda represents the Katyn 2010 Families Association in the Smolensk crash case in the United States. Dr. Szonert is the Founder and President of Libra Institute, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of understanding between the people of Poland and the United States. In February of 2011, Libra Institute partnered with Case Western Reserve School of Law in organizing an international symposium on the legal analysis of the Katyn crime. Subsequently, Libra Institute organized a conference on the Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, and presented Expert Report from the Katyn Symposium to the US law makers. Currently Libra Institute cooperates with the US National Archives on the Katyn project to declassify and disclose to the public Katyn related documents in the possession of the US Federal Government. Dr. Szonert also serves as President of the Kresy-Siberia Foundation USA, a charitable organization dedicated to the research, remembrance and recognition of the Polish citizens repressed by the Soviet regime.
The air crash of April 2010 instantly eliminated the majority of political and military leaders of the centre-conservative and Polish-sovereignty political lobby (the Law and Justice) - the very movement that stayed on guard of freshly gained independence of Poland and its close ties with NATO and European Union. The Smolensk disaster resulted in the immediate transfer of political power in Poland to parties hostile to that formation. The power take over was well-organized and happened within hours and days after the accident took place. The circumstances of the crash and the political scandals that surround its investigation - or rather the lack of it – have created major doubts as to the real causes of the crash.
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