ERA CHAIR TEAM

Adnan E. Ali is originally from Ethiopia and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Textile Engineering from Kombolcha Institute of Technology, Wollo University in Ethiopia. He has acquired a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, with concentration on Smart Grids, in September 2018 from AGH University of Science and Technology in Poland. From April 2019 to September 2020, he served as a Lecturer at Kombolcha Institute of Technology, Wollo University, Ethiopia. He was a part of the research project: Design and Development of Self-heating Jacket, where he developed a smart jacket which is able to respond to changes in temperature. A strong interest and an inclination towards research in the area of technical textiles and wearables allowed him to continue his studies and to attempt a career as a researcher under the STRENTEX project. His research activities include flexible and stretchable electronics, textile sensors, electronic textiles (e-textiles) and wearables.

E-mail address: adnan.ali@uns.ac.rs 

 

Dr. Radenka Krsmanović Whiffen is the Head of the Unit for writing proposals in the framework of the STRENTEX ERA Chair established at the Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of Novi Sad. She is a former MSCA Individual Fellow (2018-2020) at the ENEA Research Centre, in Rome, Italy where she worked on her project developing ceramics for pyroelectric energy harvesting (“ZnS Wurtzite Nanotextured Ceramic Materials for Pyroelectric Energy Harvesting – NanoPyroMat”). She graduated in Electronics from the University of Montenegro (1999) and holds a Master’s degree in Scanning Electron Microscopy from the University of Salento (2001). She gained a PhD from the Department of Physics (EMAT) of the University of Antwerp, Belgium in 2006, for her work on luminescent nanomaterials, and subsequently worked in the fields of Materials Science and Applied Physics in Italy, France, Serbia and Portugal. From December 2006 to September 2017, she was employed at the Vinča Institute of Nuclear Sciences, University of Belgrade, where she was promoted to the rank of Research Professor in 2016. Most recently, she worked at the University of Donja Gorica in Podgorica, Montenegro, as the Assistant Director of the FoodHub Center of Excellence. She has led a number of bilateral projects, alongside one NATO Science for Peace and Security Program project. She was awarded a “Research in Paris” Scholarship in 2013 which funded her stay as a Visiting Scientist at Chimie ParisTech, UPMC in Paris, France. Her research work has resulted in over 45 publications in international scientific journals, while she also has extensive grant writing and project management experience. She is the founding Chair of the Western Balkans Chapter of the Marie Curie Alumni Association and an advocate for Science for Policy, Science Diplomacy, Open Science, RRI and Gender Equality in research.

E-mail address:radenka@uns.ac.rs

 

Dr. Saima Qureshi received her Ph.D. degree in Sciences (Physics) from the Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Malaysia in 2017. She participated as a Ph.D. researcher in one of the most significant projects in fertilizer research which was entitled ‘Next Generation Green and Economical Urea’ via the Long Term Research Fund provided by Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia (MOHE). She joined the research project as postdoctoral researcher funded by PETRONAS Carigali Sdn Bhd (PCSB) to start the initiative of enhanced oil recovery by using nanotechnology and electromagnetics. Since December 2020, she is a member of the ERA Chair team within the H2020 STRENTEX project. Her research interests include materials design for sensors, characterization, simulation and organization of project activities.

E-mail address: saima.qureshi@uns.ac.rs

 

 

Dr. Mitar Simić  was born in 1987 in Ljubovija, Republic of Serbia. He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of East Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, in 2010 and 2012, respectively. He received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Novi Sad, Serbia in 2017. He is an author of one book and more than 30 scientific papers. He participated in more than 15 research projects (including FP7, Erasmus+ and NATO Science for Peace and Security programmes).  He was project coordinator of the national project “Signal Processing in Edge Computing” funded by the Ministry for Scientific and Technological Development, Higher Education and Information Society of Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Since November 2020, he is a member of the ERA Chair team within the H2020 STRENTEX project. He sees STRENTEX project as a starting point for his long-term research goals and as a way of spreading expertise in the domains of flexible electronics, sensors and biomedical engineering, as well as a project management.

E-mail address: mitar.simic@uns.ac.rs

 

Dr. Ankita Sinha is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher (experienced researcher) within the Horizon 2020 STRENTEX project at the Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of Novi Sad, Serbia. She received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Jiwaji University, Gwalior, India in the year 2015. Dr. Ankita Sinha carried out her postdoctoral research at Dalian University of Technology, Dalian, China from December 2016 toMay 2019 and she was a visiting researcher at Concordia University of Edmonton, Canada from June to August 2019. Her research expertise includes synthesis and electrochemical application of advanced dimension tailored nanomaterials, specifically layered materials such as single/few layered 2D MXenes (early transition metal carbides and nitrides), transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs; 3D molybdenum disulfide) and nanocarbon frameworks as chemical and physical flexible substrates. Her research interests incorporate developing cutting-edge stretchable, portable and disposable electronics as smart screening devices, based on real time analytics systems (textile based wearable and printable biosensors) for healthcare, food safety, security and environmental monitoring. Dr. Ankita has published 28 international research articles, 6 book chapters and presented her research globally. As an ERA chair team member within STRENTEX project, her role is to handle research activities and instrumentation, and to write research/conference publications and new competitive project proposals. Her further role targets at product development and their successful implementation and commercialization within the timeline of the project.

E-mail address: ankita.sinha@uns.ac.rs

 

 

Adrian K. Stavrakis was born in Greece in 1992. He received his B.Sc. degree in Electronics Engineering from International Hellenic University (ex. ATEITH) in 2016. In 2017 he received a postgraduate certification in Smart Systems Integration from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, UK. In 2018 he was granted an Erasmus+ scholarship to enroll in the Smart Telecom and Sensing Networks M.Sc. program, jointly offered by Télécom SudParis in France and Aston University in Birmingham, UK which award an M.Eng. in Information Science and Technology, option: Electrical Engineering, and an M.Sc. on Smart Telecom and Sensing Networks respectively. He has worked as an engineer for reputable telecommunications companies such as the Hellenic Telecom Organization and Vodafone Group, as well as an intern in clinical chemical engineering and microfluidic labs in France and the UK. His research interests include systems design, simulation and characterization, antennas, remote sensing, electronics, microfluidics, and cross platform integration.

E-mail address: sadrian@uns.ac.rs

 

 

Hima Zafar received her Bachelor of Electronic Engineering from Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Pakistan, during which she was selected as an exchange student to the USA under the Fulbright Program, in 2015. Her Masters is in Mechatronics Engineering, in which she was selected in Mevlana Exchange Program to Turkey. She served as a research associate on the National Research Program for Universities (NRPU) of Pakistan Higher Education Commission in Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Pakistan in 2019 and as a research assistant on TÜBİTAK Project in Munzur University, Turkey in 2020. She has a number of national and international publications. Her research interests include Wearable Wireless Body Area Networks (WWBAN), reconfigurable antennas, nanoparticles, fabrication, and designing of nanosensors.

E-mail address: hima.zafar@uns.ac.rs