Stanko Škec was born in Zagreb, Croatia, where he enrolled in the study of mechanical engineering at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture University of Zagreb (UNIZAG-FSB) in 2004 and 2008 he acquired Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree. Two years later, he graduated as Master of Mechanical Engineering at the same institution with specialisation in the Applied Thermodynamics. After graduation, he applied for the position at the Chair of Design and Product Development at UNIZAG-FSB as a PhD researcher in the field of systems design theory. In parallel, in November 2010 he started his PhD study. In 2015 he acquired the PhD Degree after having completed PhD thesis titled "The intangible indicators in development of technical systems".
Since autumn 2017 he has been assigned as Assistant Professor at the same Chair. He was also appointed as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Engineering Systems Group, DTU – Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby, Denmark from 2018 to 2019.
Previously, he was visiting researcher at several institutions abroad – Ecole Centrale Paris, University of Bristol and The University of British Columbia.
Initially, Dr Škec has been working as a research assistant on the project entitled “Models and Methods of Knowledge Management in Product Development” (project leader Prof Dorian Marjanović) funded by the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports of the Republic of Croatia. As a project team member, he previously participated in EUREKA project “E!8723 Visually Augmented Analysis of the Information Structures Evolving in Socio-technical Systems – VISINEV” (www.visinev.org), ERASMUS+ project “Networked Activities for Realisation of Innovative Products” (http://narip.lecad.si/), ERASMUS+ project “Capitals of the Smart PRoducts DEvelopment” (http://casprod.eu/), CSF project “Models and Methods of Innovation Management in Complex Engineering Systems Development – MInMED”(www.minmed.org) and HORIZON2020 project “EURITO – EU Relevant, Inclusive, Timely, Trusted, and Open Research Innovation Indicators” (http://www.eurito.eu/, as external associate). Currently, Dr Škec participates in CSF project “Team Adaptability for innovation-Oriented Product Development” (http://www.taide.org/) as project team member. He is also responsible for leading international ERASMUS+ project "E-learning Platform for Innovative Product Development" (http://www.elpid.org/).
Dr Škec has published his work in international journals (e.g. TFSC, Design Studies, Research in Engineering Design, Journal of Engineering Design) and peer-reviewed conferences (e.g. ICED, DESIGN, NordDesign). He acted as a reviewer for several international journals (e.g. Sustainability, IEEE Access, IEEE TEM, AI EDAM).
He has actively participated in the organisation of the biennial DESIGN series event since 2012 that regularly attracts more than 300 experts from more than 30 countries around the world. In addition, he was elected to serve as an Assistant Programme Chair of ICED17 (21st International Conference on Engineering Design) that was held at The University of British Columbia, Vancouver (http://iced17.org/).
Besides the scientific and professional work summarised above, Dr Škec is involved in teaching through UNIZAG-FSB undergraduate and graduate study programs in product development and design theories. As a part-time assistant lecturer, he held tutorials at the Polytechnics of Zagreb and Faculty of Industrial Engineering Novo Mesto (Slovenia).