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University of Zagreb, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture


Smart and Low-carbon Buildings, Building Participation in Smart Grids, Simulation and Optimization of Energy Systems, Use of Artificial Intelligence in Building Industry.


Tea Žakula is an Assistant Professor and a Head of Laboratory for Energy Efficiency at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, University of Zagreb, Croatia.

She holds a Master of Science (2010) and Doctor of Philosophy (2013) degrees obtained from the MIT (USA), with a major in energy and a minor in business. In addition to formal education, her specialization in the USA includes the following positions: a visiting researcher at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, a lecturer at Northeastern University, a student intern at Harvard University and a member of the organization Engineers without Borders.

She collaborates with numerous international research institutions and industry on the development and implementation of emerging technologies. In addition to her academic work, she also serves as an independent expert for the European Commission in the evaluation of Horizon projects, as an author and a reviewer for renowned international scientific journals and a member of the Technical Committee for Smart Grids of ASHRAE, one of the largest international professional organizations.

Professor Žakula is also a member of the Board for Energy Transition at the Office of the President of Croatia. Prior to that she has served as a special adviser to the minister in the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Energy, as well as a member of several committees in the Ministry of Construction and Ministry of Science and Education.

References in business:

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, European Commission, Energy Institute Hrvoje Požar, Rimac Automobili, HEP, Vertiv, Hoval.

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