Ivana Knežević joined the STRENTEX project team in 2022 as the Head of the unit for writing project proposals. With BA in Philology (English language) she started work as translator at the Institute of Field and Vegetable Crops in Novi Sad in early 2013. With a variety of interests and responsibilities during her time at the Institute, she developed new skills and was in charge of a wide range of activities. She was the technical editor of Monograph “80 years in the service of agriculture” (2018), a member of the international forum organising team “2018 Silk Road Agricultural Education and Cooperation Forum” held in Novi Sad and organised by the Institute, Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Novi Sad, and Northwest A&F University from China, as well as of many other Institute-hosted trainings and seminars. Her responsibilities also included serving as the Graphic Editor of the scientific journal “Ratarstvo i povrtarstvo”. In the period 2020-2022, she was the Coordinator of Science and Research Office, where she was responsible for coordinating and organizing office work, managing project documentation, preparing and submitting accreditation documents, maintaining the website, administration of projects, etc.
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Dr. Pradeep Kumar is currently working as a Postdoctoral Researcher under Horizon 2020 (ERA Chair, Strentex). He has earned his Ph.D. (2020) degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) Malaysia. He has worked as a Research Scientist (2022 – 2023) at the Center of Innovative Nanostructures and Nanodevices (National Center of Excellence in Nanotechnology) under the Division of Research, Innovation, and Commercialization, UTP. He has also worked as a Research Assistant for 4 years at the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, UTP. He has 4 years of experience in teaching as an Assistant Professor and 2 years of experience in the industry as a Manager (Middle Management). He has accomplished 3 research projects (as a researcher) and has experience in research project management. He has authored/co-authored 31 research papers. He has received some accolades and recognitions such as the Young Scientist Award (2020), GA Merit Award (2019), Best Teaching Award (2013), and Best Paper Award (2014) as well as appreciation for outstanding contribution as a judge (2014), reviewer (2019), editorial board member, organizing member of IEEE national/international conferences, competitive events, and faculty development programs. His research interests lie in the area of electronic materials, devices, and sensors. His research expertise comprises electronic/sensing device development, nanomaterial synthesis, thin electrodes, cleanroom micro/nanofabrication, process development, testing, characterization, TCAD design, and equipment handling. In the Strentex team, he is contributing his skills in developing smart textile-based products.
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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.
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Sohail Sarang received the B.E degree in Telecommunication Engineering from Hamdard University, Karachi, Pakistan, in 2014, and the M.Sc. degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP), Malaysia, in 2018. He was awarded a fully funded Prime Minister’s National ICT Scholarship from the Government of Pakistan and a Graduate Assistantship from UTP, Malaysia, for his bachelor’s and master’s studies, respectively. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree with the Department of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of Novi Sad, Serbia. Previously, he was engaged as a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher. His research interests include networking technologies for smart textile applications, wireless body area network, internet of things, energy harvesting communication, and machine learning in sensor networks
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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.
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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.
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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.
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