Dear ICMEMmates, Dear Friends,

I hope that you have safe and good trip back to home. Since I´m in Croatia on holiday, my thoughts are still fresh, remembering the last week the event held on 6th to 10th June 2016 in Nový Smokovec (International Conference on Manufacturing Engineering and Materials), organized by the Faculty of Manufacturing Technologies TUKE in Prešov, under the auspices of the Dean of the Faculty prof. Ing. Jozef Zajac, PhD, Institute of Geonics of the CAS in Ostrava – Poruba, under the auspices of its Director prof. RNDr. Radim Blaheta, CSc., the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at Opole University of Technology, under the auspices of the Dean of the Faculty prof. dr hab. inż. Tadeusz Łagoda, and the TEAM International Society, under the auspices of the President Prof. dr. sc. Dražan Kozak.

This year, ICMEM 2016 organizing committee received morethan 80 submissions which authors and co-authors and participants are from 20 different countries of the world. Reviewers and members of the Program committee and their recommendations used for a selection of carefully reviewed all submissions in the spirit of Dražan´s words “Do not prove, but improve”. According their advices were accepted more than 75 papers to be published in Procedia Engineering. In addition to the contributed papers, prominent researches were invited to give keynote lectures in their respective fields of competence. For running a conference of this magnitude, financial support is essential. We would like to thank you to director of GGP Slovakia Mr. Nicolas Vil and director of 1PN Ltd., Prešov Dr. Dušan Manduľák.

This conference bears all the hall marks of success. This is due to your great contribution and team work participants and organizers. I would like to thank you all those who helped in successful smooth running of ICMEM2016 conference. In addition to the contributed papers, prominent researches were invited to give keynote lectures in their respective fields of competence: Prof. Frank Pude, MSc. Eva Vojnová, MSc, Róbert Svozil, Dr. Manfred Schmid, Dr. Josef Foldyna, Dr. Simon Barrans, Prof. Dražan Kozak, Dr. Milos Milosevic, prof. Alessandro Ruggiero, prof. Somnath Chattopadhyaya.

It is my honour again remind the winners, voted by 5 evaluators in each session:

Water Jet Session sponsored by ANT AG, Lübeck:

1. Gold Award: Fabian Lissek from Institute of Production Engineering and Materials Testing, Ulm University of Applied Sciences, Germany

2. Silver Award: Michal Zeleňák from Institute of Geonics of the CAS, v.v.i., Studentská 1768, Ostrava, Czech Republic

3. Bronze Award: Madhulika Srivastava from Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, India

Rapid Prototyping Session sponsored by Fabb-It UG, Lörrach:

1. Gold Award: Krisztián Kun from Kecskemét College – Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Automation, Hungary

2. Silver Award: Snehashish Pal from Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maribor, Slovenia

3. Bronze Award: Bartosz Gapinski from Poznan University of Technology, Poland

Conventional Machining Session Sponsored by Licon mt GmbH & Co. KG, Laupheim:

1. Gold Award: Andreas Haeger from University of Applied Sciences Aalen, Beethovenstr. 1, 73430 Aalen, Germany

2. Silver Award: Darko Damjanović from J. J. Strossmayer University of Osijek, Mechanical Engineering Faculty in Slavonski Brod, Croatia

3. Bronze Award: Radoslaw Maruda from Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Zielona Gora, Poland

Laser processing Session sponsored by TRUMPF Laser- und Systemtechnik GmbH, Ditzingen:

1. Gold Award: Krzysztof Jarosz from Opole University of Technology, Poland

2. Silver Award: Mirshahin Hessam Sadati from Islamic Azad University, Semnan, Iran

The best poster and the best presentation award are still under evaluation and the competition will be closed next week. Of course you can send me your proposal and your nomination which can influence decision of five evaluators.

Smooth running of the ICMEM2016 can be hardly imagined without the proactive work of Management of Atrium Hotel especially. A big thanks goes to director of the hotel and contact person Katarína Chabadová, the stuff of the hotel (Mário, Veronika, Petras pop Group. etc (sorry for my forgetfulness). Big thanks goes to Lenka Smataníková from Science.sk, who allow us the transfer the event information via popularisation portal science.sk. Big thanks also belong to reporters from journal Strojarstvo and portals Veda na dosah and Vedecky kaleidoskop.

Last but not least are the YOU who deserve BIG THANK YOU, for your research and development efforts which are recorded in those ICMEM 2016 program proceedings. On behalf of ICMEM organization team (Lubica Ferencova, Matus Molitors, Dominika Lehocka, Alena Mihalovova and Me) I´m very grateful that you participate ICMEM conference in Novy Smokovec in Hotel Atrium. I hope that your participation was enjoyable and also professionally rewarding.

I remain grateful and look forward to our future communication and collaboration,

Oh behalf of organising committee,

Yours Sergio





Prof. Somnath Chattopadhyaya | India:

Dear Friends, I have finally reached Indian School of Mines,Dhanbad,India. I am still remembering  the great experiences of your association. I will thank you and specially Sergej for his enormous pain to conduct the best conference of my life.

Prof. Dražan Kozak | Croatia: 

Dear friends, I absolutely agree with you that ICMEM 2016 was the best Conference I ever participated, and BIG THANKS to our Sergio for all the things he done for us to make this dream true.  We all are lucky guys to had the chance to introduce such a nice person as Sergej is. Thanks God and Universe creator to give us this wonderful guy. 

Prof. Ruzica Nicolic | Serbia:

Dear Sergej, first of all, thanks for wonderful organizing the Conference and especially great dancing. I mean, I am not sure which of the two you do better. To be serious, I really enjoyed staying in Smokovec and the Conference was a great success. So, please do NOT change your mind again and give up organizing ICMEM 2018. I am looking forward to seeing you again.

Prof. Nicolae Undureanu | Romania:

Once again thank you for all and congratulation for this event perfect coordinated! Nick

Prof. Frank Pude | Switzerland: 

Hi Sergej, hope you relaxed a little bit during holidays. You made a great job in Novy Smokovec!

Prof. Michael Kaulfeld | Germany:

My very best regards and again thank you very much for the great conference.

Mohammed Shariq | India:

Respected Sir, With due respect, I am very pleased and grateful for my experience of my first international ICMEM-2016 in terms of my learning and fun at the conference. I pray to Almighty that he may give more strength, health, happiness and success to you and your family. I have admired all the efforts and pain that you have taken for organizing such a successful conference.

Mirshahin Hessam Sadati | Iran:

Dear Mr.Hloch, Great great thanks for your invitation and Super good host it was my best memorable articel and trip in Slovakia.



Sergej Hloch

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