Zoltán KolozsváryManaging director of SC Plasmaterm SA
Professor at Sapientia University Tg-Mures
www.plasmaterm.ro, www.ms.sapientia.ro

Born in: 28.04.1937 Tg-Mureş
Address: 540089,Tg-Mureş str. Avram Iancu nr.30, Romania
Nationality: Hungarian, citizenship Romanian

1971 – Ph.D., Polytechnic University in Bucharest,(mechanical engineering)
Professional experience:

1959 – 1976 – I. Metalotehnica Head of Research and Development Dept.(Textile machinary)
1976 – 1989 – Central Research Institute for Precision Mechanics (CCSITMIU) -Bucureşti, head of Tg.Mures/ Transylvanian Branch , 1989-1994 scientific director
– since 1994 SC. PLASMATERM SA. Managing Director and President of the Board
– Associated Professor at the Technical University of Tg.Mures (now “Petru Maior“) since 1970 and associated professor at Sapientia University in Tg.Mures since its establishment
Visiting professor at different universities in UK,China, India,Hungary etc.

Other Activities :
– President of the International Federation for Heat Treatment and Surface Engineering
1998-2000, permanent member of the Executive Committee (Treasurer) 2001-2015

Awards:
-Order of Scientifical Merits of Romania
-Knight of the Order “Steaua Romaniei” (the highest Romanian civilian award)
-Fellow of IFHTSE
-“Doctor Honoris Causa” of the Misloc University (Hungary)
-Honorary Member of the Hungarian Academy of Engineering
-Honorary Member of the Romanian Academy of Technical Sciences
-Honorary Member of the “Russian Society for Metallurgy”
-Member of the Materials Science Committee of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Others:
-14 patents and inventions in surface engineering (mostly nitriding)
– cca.220 research papers published in eight languages
– Fluent in five languages

Social/Community-
– member of the City Council in Tg.Mures, president of Budget and Finance Committee between 1992- 2012


The critical role of education in the chain of innovation-education-production

The enormous challenges at the beginning of the 21st Century by the unprecedented development in science and technology- especially the information technology- put an ever-increasing pressure on education. Preserving the traditional human values -culture, social life, family – without slowing down the rate of innovation is an enormous challenge which needs an upgraded education from grammar school to academic level.
The paper presents a few critical questions faced by the education in the present “transitory” period aiming to try to find an equilibrium between the expectations of multinational giants and the general public. Orientation, politics in applied research and connection to the industrial application especially in advanced SME-s are briefly outlined. A few ideas on possible solutions are summarized.