We begin our introduction of the dream team of course, with the coach. Building cohesive and productive teams is a concept that Dr. Marek Boleslawski is quite familiar with. He has been building dream teams most of his career. Dr. Boleslawski was a visionary in his views on research and how that translated to a marketable product in a teaching environment.
About Dr. Boleslawski
Dr. Boleslawski received Chemical Engineering, Chemical Technology, Master of Science, Ph.D. and Doctorate of Science degrees all from Warsaw Technical University, Warsaw Poland, working under the direction of internationally recognized scientist, Professor Stanislaw Pasynkiewicz. It was here at Warsaw Technical University, that he lead his first team to victory where 3 others had failed. As the Head of Pilot Plant Laboratory of Organic and Organometallic Synthesis, Dr. Boleslawski founded the laboratory and created a first of it's kind program which combined three elements: teaching, industrial process R&D and small scale productions. This laboratory eventually became economically self sustaining through this revolutionary approach to learning. Not only did the scientists and students at this university earn degrees and uncover new finding through their research, they also learned how to bring those findings to market. This experience along with a chance opportunity to work with the well know Prof. John J. Eisch at State University of New York at Binghamton, gave direction to rest of Dr. Boleslawski's career.
He had been fortunate to spend a year working with Prof. Eisch as a Research Associate in the Laboratory of Organometallic and Organic Chemistry at State University of New York in Binghamton during his study for his Doctorate of Science degree. When given the opportunity to return to Prof. Eisch's department and continue work in the Laboratory of Organometallic Chemistry he eagerly accepted. Dr. Boleslawski spent nearly 7 years conducting advanced research in organic and organometallic synthesis at the lab under the direction of Prof. Eisch. As this project was coming to a close, a crucial decision was made, stay in the US and return to teaching here. One of those decisions held and the other, fortunately for the specialty chemical industry was changed. He remained in the United States but never returned to teaching, at least not in a classroom.
Turning Toward the Marketplace
Dr. Boleslawski decided to turn his sites fully on industry. He made the move to Wisconsin and joined an international specialty chemical company, where he carved out a remarkable career building a line of business for the high-tech electric chemical industry. He also continued to put together successful and cohesive teams of scientists working on synthesis of high purity organometallics and overseeing the group responsible for product, production, purification and packaging.
After retiring in 2009, Dr. Boleslawski began a consulting company, TFMT, specializing in thin film materials technology with small and medium sized companies in the US, Asia and Europe. Now using the team building skills and vast experience in custom synthesis of high purity organometallics for electronic application, he continues with Nova-Kem as Chief Technical Officer, Director of Product Development. Nova-Kem is poised to make an impact on the high tech industry under the experienced leadership of Dr. Boleslawski and the team that he is assembling today.
"People are the key, machines you can buy. The key point to success is not one person. We are a team, organized with different skills and we can work together. I have been successful because of the people around me." Marek Boleslawski, D.Sc., Ph.D.