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Work experience

Sep 2007Dec 2009

Project manager

KIG d.d.

I worked as a project leader in a manufacture of metallic products, with about 20% of my time devoted to marketing.

  • Design : I was in charge of the conception and development steps, the resistance calculation and the technical drawings in an ISO-certified environment (ISO 9001 and 14001). I worked either from an original idea or from a customer initial design, inside a qualified team always ready to interact when tackling critical issues.
  • Production : I supervised the project in the production phase and I was in first line to solve thedaily problems. Moreover, I used an ERP software to manage the "products and stock" database. Finally, I also discussed technical and cost-related aspects with our customers.
  • Marketing : I prospected international markets, I participated to international fairs and I developed KIG's future products (renewable energies : photo-voltaic and solar energies) in collaboration with the whole design team and the sales department.
Aug 2006Dec 2008

Researcher then research consultant

Institute of Metals and Technology

From 08/2006 to 09/2007 : full-time researcher. My research field covered the influence of alloying elements on the microstructure of non-oriented electric steel grades.From 09/2007 to 12/2008 : part-time research consultant. My expertise in the field of electric steels was used as a research support for further work in the same domain.

Sep 2001Aug 2006

Research assistant

Université Catholique de Louvain

Main themes of research :

  • mechanical properties of highly-alloyed steel grades
  • reduction of grain size in steel

Management and other :

  • Directing several undergraduate thesis
  • Teaching practical works to undergraduate students
  • Monitoring student groups
  • Representing the Scientific Staff in the faculty teaching commission

Education

Sep 1996Jun 2001

Engineer in Materials Sciences

Université Catholique de Louvain

Magna cum laude

1 year student exchange at the Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal (1999-2000)

Skills

Computer Assisted Design
  Good knowledge in reading and making technical drawings. Daily use of CAD programs (Pro-Engineer and AutoCAD).
Management and organisational skills
Co-manager of KIG's product and stock database since september 2007. Regular user of an ERP software (Pantheon). Founder of the Club of Slovene boardgames players (non profit organisation) Link to the club website (in English and in Slovene)
Material characterization
  mechanical testing : tensile tests, rolling, swagging,... microstructure exploration : optical microscope, SEM, TEM, EBSD, XRD, neutron diffraction,...
Computer use
  Advanced knowledge in the office softwares (Word, Excell, PowerPoint, etc.) and in Internet related communication techniques (e-mail, research on the Web, basic Web-site building, etc.), basic knowledge in algorithmics

References

Monika Jenko

Prof. Jenko is the head of the IMT in Ljubljana. I worked under her supervision for one year in the field of electric steel. When I left the Institute to seize an opportunity in the private sector, we both agreed that it would be a shame to terminate our professional relationship so she offered me a position of research consultant at the Institute.

Pascal Jacques

Prof. Jacques was my mentor during the five years of my doctoral research. He is a talented young professor who guided me during my PhD. He also delegated to me the every-day guidance of several undergraduate students during their graduate thesis research.

Vojko Kraševec

Mr. Kraševec has been working as the C.E.O. of KIG d.d. for over 5 years. He's constantly looking for new ways to develop his company's activities and product range. I enjoyed working for KIG d.d. and it was certainly due to the high level of trust in our regular interactions. Moreover, he used to give me a lot of  space for our initiative and sense of responsibility.

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Main research results :

Specialized Master (2003) and PhD (2006). PhD Thesis : “On the interactions between Strain-Induced Phase Transformations and Mechanical properties in Fe-Mn-Si-Al steels and Fe-Ni-Cr Austenitic Stainless Steels”

Volunteer work :

From 2007 to 2009, I have been an adviser to the Slovenia-Belgium-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce and Industry. In this I advised companies and individuals who addressed the Chamber. I helped them and provided them with information to facilitate the realization of their projects.

My interests

Innovation, creativity, boardgames playing, theater, badminton and scuba diving (PADI : Advanced Open Water Diver - CMAS : 2 star diver).

In my free time, I also conceive and participate to the conception of boardgames.

Languages

  • French : Mother tongue.
  • English : excellent reading, writing and verbal skills.Certificate of Proficiency from the Cambridge University (Great Britain)
  • Italian : Very good reading, writing and verbal skills - improving daily.
  • Dutch : Very good reading, good writing and good verbal skills.
  • Slovene : Good reading, writing and verbal skills.

Summary

Materials sciences engineer with experience and training in management (MBA).

Large experience of multi-cultural environments.

Fluent in a wide variety of languages (French, English, Italian, Dutch and Slovene).

Interested in operational consulting or management positions in development or production.