From President’s Desk

The most important mission facing today the Polish American Congress (PAC), and also the Illinois Division of the PAC, is the redeployment of the new agenda for the Polonia of todays and future generations. The original mission statement of the PAC has been accomplished, and PAC must define its new mission to assist Polonia in the United States and elsewhere. The new mission must above of all be agenda of Polish-Americans to improve the political, economic and social status of the Polonia in the United States.

Michael M Niedzinski
Director of Technology and Standardization USA
Product Development Manager Space & Defense Constellium

Mr. Inz. Miroslaw Michael Niedzinski was born in Gliwice Poland and spent early adolescence in Podkowa Lesna near Warsaw. His family immigrated to United States when he was a teenager. He received BS and MS degrees in Materials Engineering from the University of Illinois. He also obtained a Masters in Management and Finance (MBA) from Illinois Institute of Technology.

For 30 years he has been working in the aircraft industry. In the 1980s and 1990s he worked directly in the design and manufacture of structural elements for the aircraft industry. By the end of the 90’s, he was promoted to position of Vice President of Technology and Quality Control at McCook Metals. Since 2005 he has been the Director of Technology and Product Development at Constellium, a manufacturer of aluminum products for aerospace and Defense. Constellium is a global organization with a full portfolio of aluminum products. He is responsible for the technical exchange between Europe-Asia-United States and the introduction of new alloys and production methods used in Space, Aeronautics and Defense. He was part of a 12-man team of NASA, Lockheed Martin and Reynolds Metals employees, who were responsible for the construction of the new generation of Space Shuttle rockets which used Aluminum-Lithium technology. In 1996, he was awarded a prestigious NASA award by astronaut Mark Lee. Mgr. Inz. Niedzinski has three patents related to the new aluminum-lithium alloys and numerous publications in technical magazines.

He is a member of many organizations such as the Aluminum Association, Aerospace Materials Society, and American Society for Metals. In 2014-2015 he chaired AEROMAT Symposium in Seattle and Long Beach.

For over 30 years Miroslaw Niedzinski was the President of the Association of Polish American Engineers, which represents Illinois engineers and scientists. The organization continues to be involved in the integration of Polish engineers who emigrated and settled in United States. Help consists of assistance in preparation of resumes, helping with technical English, providing job opportunity leads and general entry into the American labor market. In addition, the organization distributed around $ 60K in scholarships to polish students over the last 20 years. Monthly meetings feature technical presentation on various engineering topics.

In 2005 he was elected Vice President of the Council of Polish Engineers in North America. In 2007 he was the main organizer of the 3rd Congress of Polish Engineers in Chicago. He was recognized and received the Gold Medal of the Chief Technical Organization (NOT) based in Poland

Between 2008 and 2016-2017 he was Vice President of the Polish American Congress American in Illinois. He was the main architect of the program aimed at raising the prestige of Poles in the United States and developed an action plan against defamation of Poles and Poland.

In August 2012 he was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland.

Miroslaw and his wife Kornelia reside in South Barrington, northern suburb of Chicago. They are the proud parents of two daughters Veronica and Victoria.