Tomislav Martinec was born in Čakovec, Croatia, in 1989. After graduating from gymnasium, he enrolled in the study of Mechanical Engineering at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, University of Zagreb (UNIZAG-FSB) in 2008. In 2012, he gained a bachelor’s degree and a year later a master’s degree in mechanical engineering, specialising in Product Design and Development. During his studies, he was awarded the “Davorin Bazjanac Award” and the “Faculty Medal”.
After graduation, he started working as a Teaching Assistant at the Chair of Design and Product Development at UNIZAG-FSB. In 2019 he acquired the PhD Degree after having completed the dissertation titled “A Model of Information Processing and Interactions in Teams Developing Technical Systems”, supervised by Prof. Mario Štorga. His primary field of research and scientific focus in the last years has included information traceability and visualisation in product development, management of relations between engineering objects and teamwork in the conceptual design stage. He has co-authored 3 journal papers and 12 conference papers.
He currently participates in Croatian Science Foundation (CSF) project “Team Adaptability for Innovation-Oriented Product Development – TAIDE”. From 2014 to 2018 he was part of the CSF project “Models and Methods of Innovation Management in Complex Engineering Systems Development – MInMED”. From 2015 to 2017 he participated in Erasmus+ project “Networked Activities for Realisation of Innovative Products – NARIP”.
He visited Luleå Technical University several times throughout his doctoral research. In addition, he enrolled in summer schools organised by the Technical University of Denmark, Otto von Guericke University in Magdeburg and University of Malta.
He is a member of the Design Society. Since 2014 he actively participates in the organisation of the DESIGN conference, a biennial event that regularly attracts more than 250 experts from more than 30 countries around the world.