Konrad Wegener has been Full Professor of production technology and machine tools of ETH Zurich Konrad Wegener is since 1st of August 2023 Senior Advisor of the Swiss technology transfer center inspire AG. From October 2003 til July 2023 he was full professor and head of the IWF (Institut of machine tools and manufacturing) at ETH Zurich and headed different sections of inspire AG. Fields of research are today optimization of machine tools, cyber-physical production systems, cutting technology, additive manufacturing, laser material processing and electro discharge machining. He is fellow of the CIRP. After his studies in mechanical engineering and PHD in Braunschweig 1990 he began his industrial career at Schuler Presses GmbH & Co. KG in Göppingen as head of design and layout planning departments. In 1999 he became general manager of a newly acquired company for laser systems. Under his leadership large welding machines for shipbuilding and construction of aeroplanes, welding and cutting machines for the automotive industry and cutters for fabric have been developed and built.
Natalia Szczotkarz is a doctor at the University of Zielona Góra, Poland. She participated in the project on "Modeling of problems related to hydrodynamics of nanoparticles-filled active medium formation during machining in minimum quantity cooling and lubricating conditions" from 2020 to 2023, which allowed her to gain experience in the field of preparing nanofluids, the measurements of surface topography and its analysis, leading to several publications regarding those topics. She specialises in eco-friendly MQL cooling method, the use of nanofluids as cutting fluids for turning and their impact on surface quality and tool wear.
Prof. Munish Kumar Gupta from India, who started his research at the Opole University of Technology two years ago, has decided to extend his stay in Opole. Although Poland was not the first foreign country for him to pursue his career, it was with the Opole University of Technology that he decided to stay longer. Prof. Munish Kumar Gupta is involved in tribology and sustainable manufacturing. Before coming to Opole, he conducted research and taught for two years at the prestigious Shandong University in Jinan, China.