Prof. Dubravko Rogale, Ph.D. - Principal investigator

Dubravko Rogale - Principal investigator of Project ThermIC

Prof. Dubravko Rogale, Ph.D., full professor and scientific adviser at the Faculty of Textile Technology, University of Zagreb, where he graduated in 1982, won a master's degree in 1987 and obtained his Ph.D. in 1994 in the area of technical sciences, branch textile technology and field clothing technology.

His scientific and research activities are related to the development of intelligent clothing, garment manufacturing processes, process parameters, new procedures of computer construction and garment modeling, improving methodological methods in garment engineering, modern joining techniques, etc. 

Under his mentorship, more than a hundred diploma theses were written, and he was a mentor of 7 Master of Science theses and 10 doctoral dissertations. He has 14 innovations and 23 patents and patent applications three of which are international. He is a co-author of  11 author's books, 21 chapters in the book, 12 textbooks, more od 150 scientific and research papers, 99 research project studies, projects, papers, and computer programs for the purposes of economy, institutions and manufacturers of clothing industry equipment. He is vice-president of the Croatian Academy of Engineering. He is a member of the Scientific Council for Technological Development of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts. He was Head of the Department of Clothing Technology in three terms of office, Vice-Dean for the teaching of the Faculty of Textile Technology and Dean of the Faculty of Textile Technology in two terms of office.

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Prof. Siniša Fajt, PhD.

Prof. PhD. Siniša Fajt,  Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb

Prof. Siniša Fajt, Ph.D. was born in 1963 in Zagreb. He graduated from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Zagreb in 1989 with B.Sc.E.E. degree, branch Radiocommunications, and Professional electronics. In 1994 he received M.Sc.E.E. degree from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Zagreb. In 2000 he obtained a Ph.D. degree from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing in Zagreb. Starting with 1990 he worked in RIZ-INFOTEHNA company in the Service department, as a cheef engineer for organization and monitoring service network of audio and video techniques. In 1992 he joined the Department of Electroacoustics of Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Zagreb where he worked as a scientific assistant – junior researcher. In 1997 he gained an assistant position at the Department of Electroacoustics of Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing in Zagreb. In 2000 he became a senior assistant. In 2003 he gained the position of assistant professor at the Department of Electroacoustics of Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing in Zagreb and in 2008 he gained the position of associate professor. In 2013 he was re-elected to the same position. He took part in several projects of acoustics and electroacoustics. In 1994 he was awarded Silver medal “Josip Lončar” for his Master's thesis. Siniša Fajt was honored by the Homeland War Memorial Medal for the participation in homeland war from 1991 on, as well as by Medal for Operation Storm for his contribution in the military-police action «Storm».

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Prof. Ph.D. Snježana Firšt Rogale - member

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Prof. Snježana Firšt Rogale, Ph.D., was employed in the Factory of the Garment Manufacturer HERUC, Zagreb, as a trainee and afterward in the Factory NIK as a technologist where she gained experience and basic practical knowledge in the field of technological processes of garment production. She does research in the field of garment technology which is related to the field of technological processes of garment production and development of conventional and intelligent clothing, application of modern high technology joining techniques using the method of thermal joining by conduction and convection, ultrasound and high-frequency technique and investigation of construction and thermal properties of conventional, protective and intelligent clothing. In the field of technological processes of garment manufacturing, she does research in developing methods of time determination of sewing suboperations, work zones and movements in performing technological operations of clothing production. In this field, she collects, systemizes and publishes the most outstanding papers about the development of intelligent clothing.  She is a mentor from a doctoral candidate whose topic is related to the research of the impact of embedding elements on the overall thermal of clothing. She was the Head of the Department for Clothing Technology in two terms. She is Assistant member to the Academy of Technical Sciences of Croatia, a member of the Association of Innovators of Zagreb and the Association for International Commercialization of Zagreb Innovations.

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Prof. Ph.D. Antoneta Tomljenović - member

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Antoneta Tomljenović is a professor at the University of Zagreb Faculty of Textile Technology and works within the Department of Materials, Fibres and Textile Testing. She actively participates in teaching, with the seven courses integrated within the undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and professional studies, in the field of textile materials, quality of textiles and clothing and quality management of textiles and clothing. Her work with the students resulted in the publication of 40 papers in co-authorship, defense of 25 undergraduate and graduate theses and two winning Rector's awards.
Scientific-research work is related to the field of testing and quality control of different textile materials, methodology of evaluation and quality assessment of textiles, modification properties of textile materials, nanotechnology, UV protective textiles, mono and multifunctional textile materials, testing their functionality and durability. Recent scientific research is related to the analysis of the usage and functional properties of woven, knitted fabrics, leather, foil, electroplating structures, fishing nets, textile composites and biocomposite materials.
She has published more than seventy papers. She is a member of the international editorial board of the journal Tekstilec and editor of the scientific – professional journal Leather & Footwear. She is a member of numerous professional and scientific societies. Since May 2012, the Croatian Accreditation Agency (HAA) has granted her the status of an expert for accreditation scheme: Testing laboratories according to ISO / IEC 17025.

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Assist. Prof. Željko Knezić, Ph. D. - member

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Assist. Prof., Ph.D. Željko Knezić was born in 1958 in Sisak. With excellent success, he completed elementary school in Sunja and secondary electrical engineering school in Zagreb. He studied at the Faculty of Technology, Textile and Mechanical Engineering (graduated in 1983), and by the “knowledge complement” participated in teaching and has taken courses of pedagogical content at the Interfaculty of PTO at the University of Zagreb.
At the Department of Design and Management of Textiles at the Faculty of Textile Technology, University of Zagreb (March 2010 - January 2013), he worked as an external associate in teaching (in 2011, he was elected to the teaching title of lecturer in the title).
From the scientific-research area of the master's thesis, he published one scientific paper in the journal, two reviewed papers in the international conference proceedings and two scientific papers entirely in the national conference proceedings. He has participated in domestic scientific conferences with the topic of manual weaving, smart textiles, and analysis of fabric properties. He participates in research in the science of mechanics and thermal properties of textile materials. He was the editor of the textile chapter of the book, a reviewer of one book, a reviewer of the articles for the scientific-professional journal “Textile” (HR) and articles for scientific-professional consultancy “Textile Science and Economics” (HR). He has published several expert papers, made expertise for the factories and more than 30 investment and project programs.

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Emilija Zdraveva, PhD. - member

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 Emilija Zdraveva, Ph.D., is a postdoc at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Textile Technology. Her research interest concerns electrospinning, with focus on the development of electrospun materials for heat energy storage based on phase change materials and development of electrospun scaffolds for in vitro cells culture. She received her Ph.D. degree in Textile Science and Technology in 2015 at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Textile Technology, her Master degree in Textile Engineering at Ghent University, Belgium in 2009 and her Bachelor degree in Textile Technology at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Textile Technology in 2006. As a Ph.D. candidate she was working at Deakin University, Institute for Frontier Materials in Geelong, Australia in 2013, 2014 and 2015 in the Nanofibers group, Lab of electrospinning. 
From 2017 she is an active associate member of the Croatian Science Foundation Project IP-06-2016-6878, Custom Tailored Fibrous Scaffold Prototype for Tissue Cells Culture via Combined Electrospinning, COMBOELECTROSPUN, principal investigator: prof. Budimir Mijović, Ph.D. She has edited 2 books of proceedings and has published: 2 book chapters, 7 papers in CC journals, 2 papers in SCIE journals, 5 papers in other scientific journals and 22 papers in international and domestic conference proceedings. She has co-supervised 10 students’ bachelor theses concerning electrospinning and bio-based composite materials. 
In 2011, she received the Textile Science Research Centre’s first award best research paper in the Ph.D. students’ category. She is a member of the Croatian Ergonomics Society, the Croatian Society of Leather and Footwear and the Council of the Textile Science Research Centre. She is also Editorial board member of the Journal Leather & Footwear and the Interdisciplinary Journal Science & Fashion Design, TEDI. She was the member of the Organizing Committee of the 4th, 5th and 7th International Ergonomics Conference, the World Textile Conference AUTEX 2012 and the Textile Science and Economy Conference in 2011, 2012 and 2019. 
She is also Deputy Head of the International Relations Office and Erasmus+ coordinator of the Faculty of Textile Technology. She speaks English and Italian.

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Nikolina Jukl, PhD. Student - member

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Nikolina Jukl,  B. Sc. was born in 1987. in Sv. Nedelja. She completed high school education at the Textile, leather and design school in 2006. During high school education she achieved 3rd place at the state competition for high school students studying clothing, textile and design (Clothing days 2006.) in the category – technology of clothing manufacturing. After graduating from the Faculty of Textile Technology in Zagreb (in 2013), she enrolled doctoral study Textile Science and Technology at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Textile Technology. The topic of her doctoral thesis is related to the research of the impact of embedding elements on the overall thermal properties of clothing. She published one international conference paper (the 8th International Textile, Clothing & Design Conference 2016 – Magic World of Textiles). She was employed by the company Konfeks in 2013 as a production manager, after working there as a trainee from the first grade of high school education. The company is manufacturing workwear and protective clothing. In the time working as a trainee she gained knowledge about all production processes (auxiliary jobs, design of cutting patterns with CAD/CAM technology, work in sewing units, cutting units and warehouse unit) and about managing er

Assist. prof. Kristina Krulić Himmelreich, Ph.D. - member

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Assist. prof. Kristina Krulić Himmelreich, Ph.D., was born on November 17, 1982, in Zagreb, Croatia. In 2001 she enrolled Faculty of Science - Department of Mathematics in Zagreb, where she graduated September 30, 2005, with the thesis, under the supervision of Aleksandra Čižmešija, full professor, and thus received the Master degree in mathematics and physics education from University of Zagreb. The same year she enrolled the postgraduate study at Faculty of Science - Department of Mathematics. In May 2010 she defended dissertation Generalizations and refinements of Hardy's inequality, under the supervision of academician Josip Pečarić and professor Lars-Erik Perrson, Luleå University, Luleå, Sweden at Faculty of Science - Department of Mathematics in Zagreb.
From 2006, she started to work at the Faculty of Textile Technology. She becomes a senior assistant in 2010, assistant professor in 2013 and associate professor in 2018. She teaches the undergraduate courses Mathematics 1 and Statistics.
She reviewed 17 scientific articles. Since 2011 she is associate editor in Journal of Classical Analysis.
She is a member of the Croatian Mathematical Society. Also, she has participated in the work of the research projects. Up till now, she had published 1 scientific book, 14 papers in CC journals, 5 papers in SCIE journals, 14 papers in journals referred by Mathematical Reviews, and also she has 1 professional paper. She participates in 10 international conferences.

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Martina Bobovčan Marcelić, Ph.D. Student - member

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Martina Bobovčan Marcelić, B. Sc. was born on June 22nd, 1979 in Koprivnica, Croatia. She completed primary and secondary school in Đurđevac. She graduated at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Textile Technology in February 2008.
From 2006 till 2010 she worked as head of development team for the design of leather accessories and part of the marketing team in company Galko d.o.o.

In 2011 she was employed as a junior scientific assistant at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Textile Technology on Department of Clothing Technology.
She works on her doctoral dissertation under the supervision and mentorship of Prof. Ph.D. Dubravko Rogale. Her prime interests are joining methods and welding in protective and intelligent clothing with an emphasis on how to apply different process parameters during welding of polymer materials and the outcome of high-tech methods and their effect on the quality of the weld. She owns relevant skills for welding of polymer materials using the high tech methods such as high-frequency, ultrasonic, thermal conduction and thermally conductive materials welding.

She also has relevant experience in testing the quality of finished welds.
During 2013, 2014 and 2019 she visited University of Maribor the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering under CEEPUS student mobility program and studied under the mentorship of Prof. Ph.D. Jelka Geršak on KES-FB and FAST measurement system.

 

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Daniel Časar Veličan, PhD. Student - member

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Daniel Časar Veličan, B. Sc. was born in Zagreb, where he finished elementary and high school. On September 15, 2016, at the Faculty of Textile Technology in Zagreb, he was graduated under the Undergraduate Study in Textile Technology and Engineering, Engineering Engineering course, which lasts 6 semesters. Graduated in February 12, 2019, at the Faculty of Textile Technology in Zagreb, on the Study of Textile Technology and Engineering, in the direction of Clothing Engineering.
Since April 2019 he has been employed as an assistant within the Research project funded by the Croatian Science Foundation, IP-2018-01-6363 Development and thermal properties of intelligent clothing lead by prof. dr. sc. D. Rogale, and in accordance with the approved work plan of the project for the development of young researchers' career - training of new doctor of science HRZZ-DOK-2018-09-7933.
He participated in the implementation of Innovation Intelligent Clothes for Patients with Apnea.
During his stay in the Erasmus + and CEEPUS programs of professional practice, with professors from the Faculty of Textile Technology and the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of University in Maribor (ERASMUS + from October 8 until December 8, 2018 and CEEPUS from April 1 until June 1, 2019), he participated in the development of smart clothes for demented persons developing within the bilateral cooperation of these two institutions.
Writes, reads and speaks English B2 level. Has knowledge of Microsoft Office, CorelDraw, AutoCAD, progeCAD, Visual Studio, Android Studio, and Visual Basic and languages C++, Java, Python. As part of his earlier school education, he learned the knowledge of electronic circuits design, computer programming, and the use of the programs and language software packages mentioned in the text.

 

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Damir Begić, PhD. Student - associates member

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 Damir Begić has attended the Faculty of Textile Technology in Zagreb starting from 2013. In 2018 he finished his Master's degree, gaining the title mag. ing. techn. text. The subject of his master thesis was presented at a competition in China where it was awarded a bronze medal and in Croatia where it won a gold medal. In 2019, he enrolled in the post-graduate courses of the same faculty.
Immediately after graduating, he participated in a bilateral project involving Croatia and Slovenia. The goal of the project is to develop a smart garment intended to assist people with dementia. His role in this project was related to the making and programming of the electronic equipment to be installed into the suit. He has cooperated with other members of the team assigned to the project to successfully complete the first stage of the project, resulting in a functional prototype. He was participating in the Erasmus student exchange program through the ERASMUS and then CEEPUS programs at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering.
Along with academic work, he has been employed in a family company dealing with the production of clothing – BBS d.o.o. He spent a year employed in this company before enrolling into the Faculty of Textile Technology in Zagreb. After graduating and obtaining a Master's degree, he has once again been employed in this company where he works to this day. The duties he performs there relate to the organization, planning, maintenance, and industrial embroidery. His technical skills regarding electronics include familiarity with the Arduino electronics platform and programming in the C++ programming language.
He is also experienced with sewing machines, high-frequency textile welding machines, and embroidery machines. The languages he is familiar with are English and Croatian.

 

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Juro Živičnjak, PhD. Student - associates member

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 Juro Živičnjak, B.sc. graduated 2018. in Textile Technology and Engineering; branch: "Clothing Engineering" and 19/11/2019. enrolled postgraduate, Ph.D., the study of Textile science and technology.
His current field of science and research focuses on the findings in electrostatic phenomena in fabrics used for garment production and the measurement techniques and instruments for measuring and sensing such a phenomenon.
The thesis of his graduation paper was: The appearance and usability of static charge in garments; where he under the mentorship and with the collaboration of prof. Dubravko Rogale, created his first innovation; the triboelectric generator. The innovation was recognized and awarded by the domestic and international exhibition of innovations. As a graduate student, he was involved in many student activities; the most notable being scientific - sport competition „Tehnologijada 2018.“ where he participated in the scientific part of the competition, with the paper in Analysis of computer polygonal model parameters and influence on fabric drape simulation. Under the mentorship of prof. Slavenke Petrak, and collaboration with his colleague Ivona Rastovac. The work was awarded to 3rd place in the group and individual ranking of the competitors.

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