Ing. Rastislav Baláž – Personality of Science and Technology Under 35 Years Old

17. Nov. 2016 • Strojárstvo

Ing. Rastislav Baláž – Personality of Science and Technology Under 35 Years Old

Awarded Ing. Rastislav Baláž, PhD., is an expert in the field of military weapon systems and their parts – mechatronics, mechanical engineering, applied mechanics, from the Electrotechnical Research and Projecting Company (EVPÚ), j.s.c. Nová Dubnica.

The culmination of the Week of Science and Technology in Slovakia is the awarding of awards for work and achievements in the area of science and technology. The awards ceremony took place on 10 November 2016 at 7PM in the INCHEBA Expo in Bratislava. The Award for Science and Technology in five categories (Personality of Science and Technology, Lifelong Achievements in Science and Technology, Personality of Science and Technology Under 35 Years Old, Populariser of Science, and Scientific and Technical Team of the Year) were given by the Minister of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic Peter Plavčan, who is the patron of the event. The Award for Science and Technology has been awarded since 2014, replacing the award of the Minister of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic. The objective of this transformation is to increase the social prestige of the awards for science and technology.

Ing. Rastislav Baláž, PhD., awarded the Award for Science and Technology in the category Personality of Science and Technology Under 35 Years Old. Proponent: Association of Research and Development Industrial Organisations.

Ing. Rastislav Baláž, PhD. (1983), comes from Poprad. Between 2003 and 2008, he studied Mechatronics at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the Technical University of Košice. In 2011, he obtained his PhD degree from the Department of Applied Mechanics and Mechatronics. After finishing his studies, he became a fellow at the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Measurement, where he dealt with metrology. Since October 2013, he has been working as a design engineer for electronic equipment and devices at the Electrotechnical Research and Projecting Company (EVPÚ), j.s.c. Nová Dubnica.

He has worked on the development of an optoelectronic device already in the first project. Subsequently, he worked on the development of a compact optoelectronic stabilisation system (KSOS) and the development of an optoelectronic device for the modernisation of the double-barrelled anti-aircraft cannon. In addition, he began working on the development and optimisation of the modernisation of the two-barrelled anti-aircraft cannon as a whole, which will function as a manipulator. This upgrade was successfully presented and sold to two foreign customers in considerable amounts. For another customer, the production of hundreds of pieces starts running.

Rastislav Baláž is one of the experts in the field of development of optoelectronic devices and manipulators for the defense industry, and he works on the research of new products and systems. He was involved in major projects during which he designed and successfully implemented various systems successfully applied in practice. He is a scientific worker, who can be characterised not only by his achievements and their presentation abroad, but also by the way they are applied in practice.

We interviewed Ing. Rastislav Baláž, PhD.

M. BARTOŠOVIČOVÁ: You are one of the three awarded in the category Personality of Science and Technology Under 35 Years Old. How do you perceive this Award?

R. BALÁŽ: “With pride, because I can evaluate my work as so far successful. For a young scientist, such an Award is a good motivation and an important event in his career, which means that the dreams of a young boy are gradually fulfilling.”

Ing. Rastislav Baláž, PhD.

M. B.: You have been awarded the Award for the research and development of optoelectronic and handling devices with implementation in the defense industry. Could you at least briefly explain your research?

R. BALÁŽ: “I cannot go into details, but to illustrate, an optoelectronic device is a system that serves as an observation device for monitoring of the surroundings from a vehicle operating in day or night mode. When developing such a device, I encountered a problem with a day camera. Camera failed to operate at 30G force. For this reason, it was necessary to solve the damping system for the day camera, which can ensure that the daytime camera does not blur even at the shock frequency of 30G – 400 times/min.”

M. B.: How long have you been doing this research and what has been the most difficult in applying the results in practice?

R. BALÁŽ: “Specifically, the above-mentioned problem. I remember it well as I was solving it during the summer holidays. I spent a lot of time with vibration bench, where I simulated the real conditions. What was the most difficult in applying the results? Dimensional limitation, since the size of the device was set in the first steps of the development of an optoelectronic device and it could no longer be changed.”

M. B.: Are you already thinking about another project?

R. BALÁŽ: “Yes I am. I have a few ideas that I would like to realise at the Electrotechnical Research and Projecting Company (EVPÚ), j.s.c.”

M. B.: Thank you for the interview. On behalf of the editorial staff, I congratulate you for the award and wish you many more success.

 

The Award for Science and Technology has been awarded since 2014, replacing the Award of the Minister of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic. The objective of this transformation is to increase the social prestige of the awards for science and technology.

Please visit the event's website Week of Science and Technology in Slovakia (only Slovak version) to find the list of all awarded in the individual categories, or see the e-newspapers Scientific kaleidoscope.

The main organiser of the Week of Science and Technology in Slovakia is the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic in cooperation with the Slovak Centre of Scientific and Technical Information and the National Centre for the Popularisation of Science and Technology in Society. The general partner of the event is Huawei.

 

Interview prepared and published by: Marta Bartošovičová, NCP S&T within the SCSTI

Photo: Ján Laštinec, NCP S&T within the SCSTI

Portrait in the introduction: from the archive of Ing. Rastislav Baláž, PhD.

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