Assitant Minister

Saša Zelenika, Ph.D.

Address: Donje Svetice 38, 10000 Zagreb
Phone: +385 1 4594 341
Fax: +385 1 4594 439

 

Personal Data

  • born on July 19, 1966 in Rijeka, Croatia
  • married, three children

Education

1996 Dr. Sc. degree in mechanical engineering at the Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy
1991 M. Sc. degree in mechanical engineering at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Rijeka, Croatia
1985 Graduated from Redmond High School, Redmond, Washington, USA
1984 Primary school in Italian language "Dolac" in Rijeka, Croatia

Professional Carrier

2010 until the mandate at MSES: Head of Center for Micro and Nano Science and Technologies, University of Rijeka, Croatia
2004 - today faculty staff (since 2010 full professor) at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Rijeka, Croatia (until 2009 also Guest Professor at the University in Udine, Italy); at the Faculty of Engineering in Rijeka held duties of Dean’s Assistant and Department Head, founder and Head of the Precision Engineering Laboratory
1998 - 2005 Head of Mechanical Engineering Group and then Head of Division of Mechanical Engineering Sciences at the Paul Scherrer Institute, Villigen, Switzerland
1996 - 1998 Project leader and then Chief Researcher at the R&D Center, Calortecnica, Piombino Dese (PD), Italy then Danieli & C. Officine Meccaniche, Buttrio (UD), Italy
1991 - 1996 Consultant and then scholarship holder of United Nations' UNESCO, the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) and of the European Union programs, Sincrotrone Trieste, Italy

Scientific, teaching and professional activities

  • Main fields of research interest: precision engineering and microsystems technologies
  • Author of about 90 scientific and professional papers, held several invited key-note talks, co-author of one patent; very active in broadening of science via a large number of newspaper articles as well as many lectures and radio shows
  • Peer reviewer of articles submitted for publication to the journals Review of Scientific Instruments, Journal of Synchrotron Radiation, Precision Engineering, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and Measurement, to the international annual conferences of the European Society for Precision Engineering and Nanotechnology and the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation; evaluated also projects for the Address Committee for the Evaluation of Research (CIVR) of the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research, for the National Foundation for Science, Higher Education and Technological Development of the Republic of Croatia and the Foundation of the University of Rijeka, Croatia
  • Holder of six (under)graduate courses and two post-graduate courses at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Rijeka, Croatia; students value his teaching abilities as excellent and very good
  • Mentor of 12 B. Sc. and 8 M. Sc. successfully defended theses at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Rijeka, Croatia, co-mentor of two foreign M. Sc. theses, mentor of four doctoral candidates of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Rijeka, Croatia, mentor to a young researcher within a EU research project, experienced mentor of trainees
  • Active participation in EU research projects:
    2004 - 2005 "Bioxhit"
    2000 - 2001 "Handling and Assembly of Functionally Adapted Microparts"
    1997 - 1998 "Frontier"
    1993 - 1995 "Microfabrication with Synchrotron Radiation"
  • 2005 - today Project leader of two and co-researcher in one MSES research project
  • 2005 - 2009 Researcher on one scientific project of the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Science and one scientific project of the Swiss National Science Foundation
  • 2007 - 2008 Project leader of one and co-researcher on two projects of the National Foundation for Science, Higher Education and Technological Development of the Republic of Croatia
  • 2011 Project leader of a technological project of Business Innovation Center of Croatia (BICRO)

Membership and Awards

  • Council Member of the European Society for Precision engineering and Nanotechnology EUSPEN
  • Member of the Editorial Board of CC/SCI scientific journal Precision Engineering
  • Member of program and/or scientific committees of ten international scientific conferences
  • Member of the Committee for Associations and the Working Group for the Definition of Ethical Norms in Research of the University of Rijeka, Croatia (2011)
  • Member of the Committee for Strategic Development of the University of Rijeka, Croatia (2010 - 2011)
  • Member of the Committee for International Cooperation of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Rijeka, Croatia (2010 - 2011)
  • Member of the Council for the National Innovating System of the Government of the Republic of Croatia (2008)
  • Member of the Committee for the creation of employees’ portfolio of the University of Rijeka, Croatia (2007 - 2008)
  • Member of the Steering Committee of the "Unity through Knowledge Fund" of MSES and the World Bank (2006 - 2008)
  • Member of the Committee for Professional Cooperation of the University of Rijeka (2005 - 2007)
  • Member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the European Society for Precision Engineering and Nanotechnology (EUSPEN), the Croatian Society of Mechanics (HDM), the Croatian Society for Information and Communication Technology, Electronics and Microelectronics (MIPRO), the Croatian Vacuum Society (HVD), the Society for the Development of Higher Education "Universitas", the Alumni association of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Rijeka, Croatia and the Mensa International society; founder and member of the Executive Committee of the non-governmental organisation Forum for Ethics and the Development of Science and Higher Education (2007 - 2010); active participation to the program "Civitas, scientists and media against violence" of the NGO Civitas (2010 - today); since 2005 member and since 2008 chairman of the jury of Eureka - the festival of scientific creativity of secondary school students in Croatia
  • Awards: Academic Fitness Award of the President of the United States (1985); during the studies at the Faculty of Engineering in Rijeka: in four academic years received the best student award, was also grant holder for gifted students of the Municipality of Rijeka, Croatia; Agostino A. Capocaccia Award of the Italian Association for Stress Analysis (1993); Best Paper-Best Oral Presentation Award at the international DAAM symposium in Vienna, Austria (2004)

Languages

  • speaking:  English (C1), Italian (C2), German (B2), Slovene (A2)
  • writing: English (C2), Italian (C2), German (B1), Slovene (B1)
  • reading: English (C2), Italian (C2), German (B1), Slovene (B1)

Hobbies

  • literature
  • journalism
  • swimming
  • photography

Saša Zelenika