The Award for Science and Technology in the category Science and Technology Team of Year went to the staff of the Faculty of Civil Engineering from the Technical University of Košice
The Award for Science and Technology 2016 in category Science and Technology Team of Year belongs to the Department Engineering Constructions and Transportation Structures, Faculty of Civil Engineering of the Technical University of Košice (TUKE). The award-winning team is working under the guidance of prof. Ing. Stanislav Kmeť, PhD., who is a renowned expert in the field of civil engineering (civil engineering, transport, and geodesy).
This prestigious award was given for theoretical and experimental research and development of new intelligent adaptive carrier systems, capable of withstanding the static and dynamic effects of exceptional load. They received the award from the hands of the Minister of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic Peter Plavčan at the gala evening on 10 November 2016.
Prof. Ing. Stanislav Kmeť, PhD said, “it was a nice surprise for us. We were pleased and we had a pleasant feeling of pride for having been awarded for our long-term work and scientific results of our efforts.” The suggestion to award this team came from the Slovak Rectors’ Conference and the Higher Education Council of the Slovak Republic. Awarding of the Award for Science and Technology is the culmination of the Week of Science and Technology in Slovakia. The event aims to recognise the work of scientists and researchers for their achievements and contributions in the field of science, technology and innovation.
Truly hard work
The Department of Structural and Transport Engineering of the Civil Engineering Faculty of the Technical University of Košice focuses in its work on the current issues of theory and designing of metal, wood, concrete, masonry and material combination, especially steel-concrete and wood-concrete structural elements, constructions and large-span structural systems. The team of prof. Ing. Stanislav Kmeť, PhD., is focusing on theoretical and experimental research and development of new intelligent adaptive carrier systems, applicable in structural and bridge engineering, capable of withstanding the static and dynamic effects of exceptional loads such as wind and seismicity.
As stated in the reasoning of awarding this prestigious award, members of the team from the Faculty of Civil Engineering of the Technical University of Košice, are synergically focused on modelling, simulation, control and management of adaptive systems based on tensegrities, on the research and development of composite elements applicable in intelligent systems, and also on their contactless monitoring using newly developed sensors based on micro wires.
They also focus on developing new computational methods and technologies in the field of fracture and contact mechanics and mechanisms of damaged parts of structures in the creation and the spread of rupture on their interface to create new methods for modelling of turbulent effects of wind and seismicity and aerodynamic analyses of components and systems. Scientific-research profiling fittingly complements the focus on current issues of traffic planning, road and rail engineering, geotechnics and continuum mechanics.
What would prof. Ing. Stanislav Kmeť, PhD. point out from the past work of his team? He appreciates the most the establishment of the Centre of Excellent Research of Supporting Systems and integrated effort that led to the construction of cutting-edge laboratory at European, if not even world level. The head of the team says, “every job is challenging if it's done with full responsibility. Research work is based on creativity, precision and patience. It has more dimensions. From day to day steadfast work associated with defining themes, creation and calibration of theoretical models, preparation and execution of experiments, their processing, to the blissful feeling associated with the confirmation of hypotheses, verification of results and the development of new systems with the desired properties.”
The quality of his team is determined by the quality of the individual colleagues and their synergic link. “Quality is a measure of perfection. We are keen on improving the quality of the team, so that our team composed of outstanding researchers and students is able to work with a high degree of perfection and that the members communicate with each other and build a creative working atmosphere.”
Added value for the city and the region
Prof. Ing. Stanislav Kmeť, PhD. is convinced of the need to continue in execution of challenging scientific objectives and publication of achievements in the best international journals of our field of science. “Our goal is to create a University Science Park – Technicom, which will bring the added value for the city and the region, stabilise young people in the region, create an environment for creative work and offer them decent financial security. Should we manage to establish a Centre of Fraunhofer Instittue in Košice, i.e. one of its foreign working-sites, the international and overall awareness of Slovak science would increase.”
According to prof. Ing. Stanislav Kmeť, PhD. science and scientists should penetrate more between young people and their results should get into a broader awareness of our public. The head of the award-winning team from the Faculty of Civil Engineering of the Technical University of Košice says, “Although the media got more dynamic in this respect, we still have room for improvement. Personally, I really like and appreciate activities, such as the European Researcher’s Night in Slovak cities. I participate in them regularly and I am pleased by the growing interest of young people.”
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.
Edited by: Slávka Habrmanová, NCP S&T within SCSTI
Intro photo: from archive of prof. Stanislav Kmeť
Photo: Ján Laštinec, NCP S&T within SCSTI
Published by: ZVČ
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15. Nov. 2016