Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of UL appoints new dean

date: 16.04.2021

category: Sporočila za javnost


On Tuesday, 13 April 2021, eligible voters of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering held elections for a new Dean. Two candidates ran for office, and by winning 63% of the votes cast, Prof. Dr. Mihael Sekavčnik, Chair of the Department of Power Engineering and Head of the Laboratory for Heat and Power, won the post. After the official appointment by the Rector of the University of Ljubljana has been made, Prof. Dr. Mihael Sekavčnik will head and represent the Faculty for the term of office from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2023.


Prof. Dr. Mihael Sekavčnik has been working at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering since 1993. His faculty work was interrupted only during his postdoctoral project in Germany and one-year working on development projects in the energy industry (Energetika Ljubljana, TE-TOL). Since 2011, he has been the Head of the Laboratory for Heat and Power, and since 2014, he has also chaired the Department of Power Engineering. For the term of office 2011–2013, he was the Vice-Dean for 2nd and 3rd cycle study programmes; since 2016, he has been the head of the Alumni Club of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and since 2018, a member of the Faculty Senate. 

In his work programme he has emphasised gradual and prudent implementation of the reforms in the field of educational, research and organisational work which have lately been adopted in line with the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering's Strategy and which are based on achieving all-round better results, set to establish the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering (FME) as a top-class, open-to-the-international-space faculty whose staff and knowledge will be recognised, esteemed and sought after in society both at home and abroad.  

Prof. Dr. Mihael Sekavčnik summarised the most important challenges for the next term of office in the following points:

  • Implementation of the FME Strategy 2019–2025 with analysis of indicators
  • Commencement of implementing the renewed study programme with an emphasis on the quality of educational work and a two-year transition period
  • International collaboration
  • Digitisation of business processes at all levels
  • Activities related to the construction of the new Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
  • Improvement of the quality of conditions for study and creative research work of the students
  • Providing a creative environment for young assistants and researchers, allowing them to advance both professionally and scientifically
  • Interconnecting the laboratories in educational and research work
  • Scientific excellence
  • Strengthening cooperation with the industry
  • Media visibility and communication with the public

All employees will be involved in the implementation of the set goals, especially the Dean's core management team, which involves Prof. Dr. Janko Slavič, Vice-Dean for Scientific Research and International Cooperation; Prof. Dr. Jernej Klemenc, Vice-Dean for 2nd and 3rd cycle educational activities; and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Franci Pušavec, Vice-Dean for 3rd cycle educational activities.

We sincerely congratulate Prof. Dr. Mihael Sekavčnik for the support received from the voters, and we wish him and his team successful work and as few obstacles as possible on their way to achieving the set goals.

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