#WUTpeople Secret is the magic behind illusion

Last year, he (literally) put the judging panel under his spell with his personal charm and was named 2016 Mister WUT. Maciej Piskorz, a student of the Faculty of Geodesy and Cartography, talks about his passion and magical skills.

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Photo: Klub Filmowo-Fotograficzny FOCUS

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#WUTpeople “If you’re on K2 in winter, it’s got to be tough”

His daily work is optoelectronics research at WUT Faculty of Electronics and Information Technology and teaching students. His escape from the routine is mountaineering. At the end of December, he is joining a team of Polish climbers heading up to Karakorum to make history with the first-ever winter ascent of the “Savage Mountain”, K2. PhD Marcin Kaczkan tells us how preparations are made for such a trip, what happens to a human body at eight thousand meters above the sea level and what it feels like after you have reached the top and why it is everything but not satisfaction.

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Marcin Kaczkan is one of the participants of the Polish winter expedition to K2, photo: Piotr Morawski

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#WUTpeople The Hitchhiker’s Guide to China

He is a student at the Faculty of Administration and Social Sciences, Warsaw University of Technology, she is also a technical university student, but based in Lodz. Janusz Ozdowski and Joanna Ściebura got to know each other on Facebook and set off on a hitchhiking trip to China. This was not only an amazing experience but a fundraising event too, earning them almost PLN 3,000 for the clients of Fundacja Spełnionych Marzeń / Dream Come True Foundation, a charity.

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Photo FB Janusze Podróży

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Necessity is the mother of invention, or a kebab vending machine

Student eating habits are legendary. The rules are simple: it must be fast, cheap, uncomplicated and tasty if possible. Students themselves decided to address the needs of their peers and designed a kebab vending machine which was put at the Faculty of Automotive and Construction Machine Engineering (SiMR), WUT.

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Authors of this idea (from left): Przemysław Zorychta, Tomasz Sowa i Szymon Skrzypiec

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#WUTpeople Seeing a smile on children’s faces we know we do meaningful work

A volunteer of the Harambee Poland Foundation and a student of the Warsaw University of Technology, Stefan Pytel, and his family have been helping people in Africa for over two years. In 2017, he spent little less than a month in Kenya, renovating buildings among other things.

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Europeans are an attraction for most of the Kenyans, especially for children, for whom it is often the first time they see a white man, photo: Stefan Pytel’s private album

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#WUTpeople Being a Sherlock – the amazing skills of a WUT student

Those who liked the popular TV series “Sherlock” know well the scenes where the protagonist, an ingenious detective, retreats into his mind palace and solves the most complex of mysteries within seconds. What if equally brilliant minds were wandering the corridors of WUT?

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Daniel Chudecki’s dream is to combine his two passions: robotics and solving a Rubik’s Cube. To do this, he wants to create a robot which, having learnt how the Cube works, will instantly solve it.

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#WUTpeople Harry Potter would study at the Warsaw University of Technology

The whistle of a bludger flying just an inch away from your ear, a chase after the opponent several dozen meters above the ground and, finally, there it is on the horizon – small, glistening and extremely valuable – the golden snitch. You make a dash for it, outstripping the seeker from the opposing team. You catch the small ball, ending the game. Your team has just scored 150 points and won an important game. This is what it looked like in the magical world of Harry Potter. And what does it look like among the muggles? I had the opportunity to find out myself last weekend, during an open training session of one of Polish quidditch teams – Warsaw Mermaids, whose members include four students of the Warsaw University of Technology.

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Quidditch is a co-ed sport – a team of 7 may have a maximum of 4 players of one gender, photo: Facebook Warsaw Mermaids – Quidditch Team

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