University of Maribor, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
23 June 2021
Award recipients of 50th Bedjanic’s Awards
- One award for PhD thesis: COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS FOR DATA MONITORING OF DISTRIBUTED ENERGY RESOURCES; University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Electircal Engineering; author: dr. Mitja Kolenc; mentor: prof. dr. Matej Zajc, comentor: prof. dr. Nermin Suljanović
- Two awards for master thesis (bologna master study):
- COMPARISON OF DIFFERENT STATOR TOPOLOGIES FOR BLDC DRIVES; University of Maribor, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; author: Mitja Garmut, mag. inž. el.; mentor: doc. dr. Martin Petrun, comentor: dr. Simon Steentjes
- STATE OF CHARGE ESTIMATION FOR BATTERIES USING ARTIFICIAL NEURAL NETWORK; University of Maribor, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; author: Rok Rečnik, mag. inž. el.; mentor: red. prof. dr. Gorazd Štumberger, comentor: asist. dr. Primož Sukič
Awards of prof. dr. Vratislav Bedjanic
The awards for extraordinary academic works in fileds of automation and electrical power engineering are beeing granted since 1970. In nearly five decades the Awards has gained its recognition linked to institutions such as Iskra, University of Ljubljana and University of Maribor. In year 2009 the sponsorship of the Awards was taken over by National Comitee CIGRE-CIRED Slovenia in cooperation with both Electircal Engineering Faculties.
About prof. Vratislav Bedjanic
During technical experts these awards represent a memorial to prof. Vratislav Bedjanič – the founder and first CEO of Iskra’s Tel factory in Ljubljana. Prof. Bedjanič has received his bachelor degree in 1929 from Technical faculty of Ljubljana and was nominated for assistant profesor in 1940 at University of Ljubljana. As a leading expert he has cooperated at foundation and development of slovenian electrical industry in 1945. These includes also companies such as: Iskra Kranj, Elma Črnuče and Elektrokovina Maribor. Based on industry needs and his own knowledge about importance of power system automation equipment manufacturing control he has personally lead the foundation of TELA (Electrical machines factory) in Ljubljana. Since its foundation in 29th June 1949 he was CEO and CTO of TELA for entire decade until his premature death in 15th December 1959. As a great slovenian expert in his field of work, a statue of his figure was build and revealed in his honor on 15th December 1999 (40-years from his death) at 29th Awards event.
The importance and prestige on the Award
With the purpose of conserving the figure of university profesor and successful businessman, which also encouraged his students to research the field of automatization, company Iskra has founded the Award granting and the fund for the Award on the proposal of one of the Bedjanič’s close co-workers, prof. dr. Anton Ogorelc in 1970. During the years the Award’s identity was not developed only by awarded students, but also by the Award comitee and its president (up to 2012) prof. dr. Anton Ogorelec. The comitee has kept its thight and selective criterias with the goal that all the awarded works do show pratical usage in today’s electircal power industry. From the year 2013 to 2019 the committee was run by the president dr. Zvonko Toroš. So far the committee has given 300 awards (up to y. 2020) from that 168 awards went to students from University of Ljubljana, 68 awards went to students from University of Maribor and 64 awards went to students from other universities. The awards were given to 58 PhD, 90 master of science, 13 master and 139 bachelor nominees (bologna programme). Most of the award winners are today’s respected researchers, university professors, bussinessmen or experts with international reputation in european and global expert societies. These kind of reputation are a guarantees, which open new perspective careers to award winners, especially in time of global changes where the key advantage is fast solution devlopment and global market appearance.