Prof. Roberto D’Amato, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
Speech Title: Tribo-Mechanical and Chemical Characterization of Natural Fiber Based Composite Materials (Abstract)
Roberto D’Amato was born in Salerno, Italy, in 1979. He received the M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Salerno, in 2008. Currently he works at the Department of Mechanical, Chemical and Industrial Engineering as a Research/Professor in Material Science. He defended his first dissertation thesis "Lubrication models for the study of biomechanical behaviour of human synovial joints " in the doctoral study program of the University of Salerno (Italy). He received, in 2013, the M.S. degree in Production Engineering from the Technical University of Madrid (Spain). After that, in 2017, he defended his second dissertation thesis " Analysis and modelling of the dynamical behaviour of human joints through the metrological and tribological characterization of its surfaces" in the doctoral study program of the Technical University of Madrid (Spain). His doctoral thesis was awarded by the Technical University of Madrid with the extraordinary doctoral award. He has authored more than 40 scientific papers on WoS/Scopus indexed international journals, national and international proceedings. He collaborates with many International Universities and prestigious Research Centres. His current research interests include dynamics of mechanical systems, tribology and biotribology, Dimensional Metrology, Material Science and additive manufacturing.
Prof. Dražan Kozak, University of Osijek, Croatia
Speech Title: The Influence of Mini-Dental Implant Diameter and Position on Stresses in Surrounding Bone(Abstract)
Dražan Kozak was born on July 31, 1967. He graduated at the Mechanical Engineering Faculty (SF) in Slavonski Brod, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek in 1991. After that he started with his postgraduate study at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture (FSB), University of Zagreb. Simultaneously he has been employed at the SF Slavonski Brod, as the scientific novice. He achieved his titles Master of Science in 1995 and Doctor of Philosophy in 2001, both at the FSB Zagreb. Thesis research was focused on the fracture behaviour of strength mismatch welded joints with surface and/or through-thickness crack located in the middle of the weld and/or in the heat affected zone.
He published over 100 scientific-research papers at the Conferences and more than 75 articles in Journals mainly devoted to structural integrity assessment. He published 91 articles in impacted Journals referred in the Web of Science databases, which are 383 times cited. His h-index is 11.
Prof. Kozak was the member of the Scientific committee for fields mechanical engineering, naval architecture, traffic and transport, aeronautics, rocket and space technology. He is certified international expert for the external independent evaluation of the quality system assurance by Agency for Science and Higher Education (AZVO). He was the member of Accreditation council of AZVO (2014-2018). He is trained for assessing the Quality of Internationalisation by ECA. Engaged as external examiner at MCAST (2013-2018). He is expert engaged by Croatian Accreditation Agency and Slovenian Accreditation. He is member of the Rotary club Slavonski Brod. He is married and father of two daughters.
Assco. Prof. Petr Valasek, Czech University of Life Science Prague, Czech Republic
Speech Title: Natural Fiber Fillers in Polymer Composites (Abstract)
Petr Valášek is associate professor in the field Technology and mechanization of agriculture on Faculty of Engineering – Czech University of Life Sciences Prague (CULS), Czech Republic. Currently he works at the Department of Material Science and Manufacturing Technology and he is Vice-Rector for Quality of Academic Activities on CULS. He defended his dissertation thesis "Polymer particle composite systems" in the doctoral study program Special technology in the field of study quality and reliability of machines and equipment. He attended of more than hundred lectures at European universities in Italy, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Spain, Portugal etc. He has passed several Keynote lectures at international non-European universities as well. As part of research projects, he actively participates in various international conferences, and cooperates with foreign universities (e.g. China, Malaysia, and Indonesia). Assoc. Prof. Ing. Petr Valášek, Ph.D. is the author or co-author of 94 entries in the database Scopus, h-index 15 and 44 entries in the database Web of Science. Professional interests: Composite systems, Biocomposites, Biomass usage in materials engineering, Composites with Natural Fibres, Manufacturing Technology.
Assoc. Prof. Alessandro Ruggiero, University of Salerno, Italy
Speech Title: Green Vegetal Lubricants: State of the Art and Future Research Trend (Abstract)
Alessandro Ruggiero was born in Salerno, Italy. He received the M.S. degree cum laude in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Salerno. He attendend the Tribology Ph.D. course at the University of Pisa in Italy from 1997. From 1999 to 2005, he was Assistant Professor with the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Salerno. Since 2005 till today, he has been Associate Professor with the Department of Industrial Engineering of the University of Salerno. In 2017 he received the National scientific qualification to Full Professor. He has authored more than 160 scientific papers on WoS/Scopus indexed international journals, national and international proceedings. He collaborates with many International Universities and prestigious Research Centres. His current research interests include dynamics of mechanical systems, tribology and biotribology, noise and vibration control.