Lech Walesa to Visit George Mason

Posted: June 16, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Robin Herron

Lech Walesa, Nobel Peace Prize winner, former president of Poland, and leader of the anti-Communist labor group Solidarity in the 1980s, will visit George Mason tomorrow as a member of the board of directors of NuTech Solutions Inc.

Walesa will join several NuTech board members as they meet at the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study for scientific discussions with Kenneth De Jong, professor of computer science and research faculty member at Krasnow. NuTech, a company based in Charlotte, N.C., that provides software products for the financial services, manufacturing, and retail industries as well as government organizations, is having a board meeting in Washington, D.C., today.

De Jong heads the Evolutionary Computation Laboratory at George Mason, and he has been involved in joint projects with the BiosGroup, a software development and consulting company that was recently acquired by NuTech. BiosGroup has been a world leader in applying the science of complexity and complex adaptive systems to industry problems, and the company’s founder, Stuart Kauffman, and chairman, Robert MacDonald, have joined NuTech’s board of directors.

“We’ll do a couple of 20-minute presentations on what we’re doing at George Mason,” De Jong says, “and then we’ll have a dialogue with NuTech’s chief scientific R and D officer, Zbigniew Michalewicz, to see if there are any areas where we might collaborate.”

Walesa currently heads the Lech Walesa Institute Foundation, which supports activities that benefit democracy and the free market economy in Poland. Two of NuTech’s founders are Polish, and the company has branch offices in Poland and Germany as well as Boston, Mass., Santa Fe, N.M., and Washington.

The working group will meet from 3 to 5 p.m., and a private reception for Walesa and the board members hosted by the Office of the Provost and Krasnow will follow at 5:30 p.m. Walesa will also meet separately with President Alan Merten earlier that day.

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