Teaching Staff

All the members of teaching staff have proven excellent track of scientific and educational experience and skills necessary for a high-level education at an international level, as well as administrative and research responsibilities for proposed joint master programme. They are all dedicated to the field, strongly involved in academic and professional societies, industrial environment, leading roles in publishing, review and editorial activities. For these reasons they have received numerous international and national awards, clearly confirming their excellence in competences.

University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Mitjan KalinFaculty of Mechanical Engineering UL

Dr. Kalin’s areas of research are wear and friction mechanisms of advanced materials, surface and interfaces phenomena and boundary films for novel green technologies. He has published 80 peer-reviewed publications, 10 book chapters, 2 books and has 8 patents. He is Editor in chief of Lubrication science and has got several recognized awards: Zois Prize (2006), ASME Burt L. Newkirk Award (2006) and Fellow STLE (2012).  In 10 years he managed 20 projects, mainly international, including several student training networks. He was recently vice-dean of Faculty of Mech. Eng. at UL (2007-2011) and currently he holds a position of head of Laboratory for Tribology and Interface Nanotechnology, and head of Chair for Tribology and Maintenance.

Jože Vižintin

Professor at the University of Ljubljana and manager of technical diagnostics at the Laboratory for Tribology and Interface Nanotechnology. His current work is in the field of diagnostics, prediction of wear failures in mechanical systems and tribology. He has published 111 scientific papers, has 21 invited lectures, 7 chapters in scientific books and more than 150 industrial expert reports. He has graduated several graduate, master graduate and PhD students. He is a member of organizing and scientific committee for several national and international conferences on Tribology and Mechanical elements. In 2000 he was awarded ASME international tribology division award.

Bojan Podgornik

Associate professor at the UL and head of Metals and technology department at the Institute of Metals and technology. He is working in the field of materials testing, surface engineering, tribology and contact mechanics. He was supervisor to several graduate and PhD students, chairman at different conferences on tribology, co-organizer of the ECOTRIB 2007 conference and coordinator of the COST 532 Tribochemistry group. He successfully finished two COST projects, one EUREKA project, several national projects and FP6 Marie-Curie training network WEMESURF. In 2006 he got AVS Bunshah Award. He is also an author of 20 invited lectures, chapter in Tribology of DLC coatings book, more than 70 scientific papers and about 150 industrial expertises.

University of Leeds, UK

leedsAnne Neville

Professor, Fellow or Royal Academy of Engineering, Fellow of IMechE, Fellow of Royal Society of Edinburgh.  International reputation in Corrosion and Tribocorrosion research - has published more than 100 papers in the last 10 years.  Coordinator of two FP7 research projects; has graduated around 50 PhD students in 10 years on Tribology, Tribocorrosion and Surface Engineering; Programme manager of Leeds master course titled Oilfield Corrosion Engineering. Editor of Tribology - Materials, Surfaces and Interfaces journal.

Ardian Morina

Senior Lecturer, Member of IMechE and Chartered Engineer;  Programme manager of the tribology course in Leeds, experience in teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students.  AM has published more than 30 research papers in the field of Tribology and Tribochemistry and has been an invited keynote speaker in several international Tribology conferences (STLE2009, WTC2009, IJTC2010).  Co-coordinator of the FP7 funded MC ITN ENTICE project.

University of Coimbra, Portugal

Albano Cavaleirocombria2

Albano Cavaleiro is Full Professor in the University of Coimbra, Portugal. In 1990, he received a Ph.D. from Coimbra University on the field of Mechanical Engineering. His field of research and publications is very diversified as e.g. on materials and surface engineering, deposition and characterization of thin films, tribology, nanocrystalline/nanocomposite materials. He participated in more than 30 research projects (responsible in more than 20). He was invited for talks in about 30 international conferences on his field. He supervise(d) 14 PhD students and has an extensive evaluating activity for national and international research agencies. He published more than 200 papers from which about 180 in international journals of SCI.

Teresa Vieira

Teresa Vieira is Full Professor in the University of Coimbra (UC), Portugal. She got her PhD (Science Physics) in France in 1983 by the University of Paris XI (Orsay). She is presently Head of the Group Nanomaterials and Micromanufacturing from CEMUC of UC, and she develops research in different fields from new production technologies, such as powder metallurgy (micro-PIM, micro-CIM) and thin films deposition, until new fields of research such as exothermic reaction bonding, or self-healing materials. She has a long experience in European project management, dating from 1990 her first experience as PI in a EU funded project. In the pedagogical field she is responsible for the MSc course in Materials Engineering which will integrate this MSc.

Amilcar Ramalho

Amilcar Ramalho is Associate Professor in the University of Coimbra (UC), Portugal. He got his PhD in the same University in  1994. He has a long expertise in the tribological field in the areas of friction and wear of engineering materials, tribological characterization of coated surfaces, tribology of biomaterials, development of tribological testing equipment, reliability of tribodata, predictive maintenance and dynamical response of testing equipment. He is member from Portugal in the European Committee on Standardisation (CEN) TC352 – Nanotechnology - Basic guide to methods for nano-tribology measurements. He is also member from Portugal in the International Research Group on Wear of Engineering Materials of OECD.

Luleå University of Technology, Sweden

Roland Larssonlulea

Professor of Machine Elements at Luleå University of Technology. Presently he is the head of the Machine Elements Division at Luleå University of Technology.

He obtained his PhD from Luleå University of Techology in 1996, became Associate Professor in 2001 and Professor 2005. His teaching and research focus is on machine components, tribology and lubrication. He has published 60 peer-reviewed journal papers and more than 50 conference publications.

He is the examiner for MSc and PhD level courses in tribology, advanced machine elements, and simulations in tribology. He has very good experience of international students since his courses attract a good number of them. Courses are taught in English.

Erik Höglund

Erik Höglund, Chairing Professor of Machine Elements at Luleå University of Technology. Presently he is the Deputy Vice Chancellor of LTU. He became Professor in 1986. His teaching is primarily on machine components such as gears, bearings, contiuously variable transmissions, clutches and tribology. His research interest is on lubricants (grease, high pressure properties) and tribology of machine components (clutches, gears). He has published 40 journal papers and more than 50 conference publications. He has been the Dean of the Engineering faculty and has much experience of planning, running, and evaluating national and international MSc programs. He has long experience of teaching and supervision of international students.

Braham Prakash

Prof. Braham Prakash is working at LTU since January 2002. His research & teaching are in tribology field and specifically related to tribology of materials & lubricants; solid lubricants/self-lubricating coatings; boundary lubrication; tribology of machine components (bearings, gears and seals); analysis of wear problems, and tribotesting. He has over 35 years of international experience both in academia and industry (India, Japan and Sweden). He has supervised several international PhD students (9 nationalities) and made over 120 contributions to books, journals and conferences. He has worked on many EU and International projects and collaborated extensively with industry and successfully completed over 75 R&D assignments.