Professor Željko Božić achieved a Dipl. Ing. degree in mechanical engineering in 1987 and a M.Sc. degree in structural mechanics in 1992 at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, University of Zagreb. He completed a Ph.D. degree in engineering from Yokohama National University, Japan, in 1997. He is a Full Professor at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, University of Zagreb, where he is the Head of the Department of Aeronautical Engineering.
In 1993 he was awarded the Japanese Government (Monbusho) Scholarship for Ph.D. study in the Department of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering at Yokohama National University in Japan, where he received his PhD in the Fatigue and Fracture of Ship Structures, in 1997. He was awarded the medal of Yokohama National University. From 2001 to 2004 he worked in R&D Department at ALSTOM Power, Baden, Switzerland, on fatigue and integrity of gas turbine structures. He was a DFG (German Science Foundation) guest professor at the University of Stuttgart in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014. He was a visiting professor at University of Bergamo, Italy, in 2018.
Professor Božić was the Organizer and Chair of the 16th International Conference on New Trends in Fatigue and Fracture (NT2F16) held in Dubrovnik, in 2016, of the 1st and 2nd International Conference on Structural Integrity and Durability, ICSID 2017 and ICSID 2018, held in Dubrovnik in Dubrovnik in 2017 and 2018, respectively. He is ESIS TC13 - Education and Training Committee member and he was the Organizing Committee Chair of three Summer Schools on fracture mechanics, including the 4th ESIS Summer School, held in Dubrovnik in 2017. He was Guest Editor of Special Issues of the International Journal of Fatigue; Engineering Failure Analysis; Fatigue and Fracture of Engineering Materials and Structures; and others. He gave more than 50 oral presentations at conferences and workshops including five plenary lectures. He authored or co-authored more than 90 papers and technical reports, 2 book chapters and he edited 2 books.
Professor Siegfried Schmauder achieved the degree Dipl.-Mathematics (information technology) in the Mathematics Department, University of Stuttgart in 1981, and in 1988 he achieved the doctor of science degree in Materials Science at University of Stuttgart. From 1994 he is Professor of Strength of Materials and Materials Sciences at University of Stuttgart. He was the Acting Director of the Institute for Materials Testing, Materials Science and Strength of Materials (IMWF), and of the Institute of Thermal Turbo machinery and Machinery Laboratory (ITSM).
Prof. Schmauder was a guest professor at University of Tokyo, Japan in 1996; a DAAD guest professor at Academy of Sciences in Tomsk, Russia in 1997; a guest professor at Science University of Tokyo in 1999 and at University of Kyoto, Japan in 2004. He was awarded the JSPS-Research Fellowship, University of Tokyo, Japan, 1989 -1990. He received the Medal of the University of Tokyo in 1989. He was awarded a DFG-Research Fellowship for University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) in the period 1990-1991.
Prof. Schmauder was Co-Editor of the International Journal of Computational Materials Science (CMS) from 2003 until 2013 and he is Editorial Board member of the Journal of Physical Mesomechanics since 1998. He has distinguished Community and University Services as a member of numerous committees. He was Organizer and Chairmen of 27 International Workshops on Computational Mechanics of Materials and chairman, organizer or member of the organizing committee of more than 10 conferences. He gave more than 180 invited oral presentations at conferences, workshops etc. He authored or co-authored more than 500 papers, 4 book chapters and 3 books.