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Svjetlana Stekovic

Associate Professor, Docent

As an EU Senior Research Coordinator and a researcher with a focus on the development of structural advanced materials for aerospace applications I am cross-functional and cross-disciplinary. Swedish female role model in aeronautics of the year 2022.

EU Senior Research Officer and Researcher

I am cross-functional and cross-disciplinary, i.e. both an EU Senior Research Coordinator and a researcher with a focus on the development of structural advanced materials for aerospace applications. Swedish female role model in aeronautics of the year 2022.

As Senior Research Coordinator, I assist researchers with the research funding process for EU collaborative project applications within MSCA Doctoral Networks, Cluster 4 (digital, industry and space), Cluster 5 (climate, energy and mobility) and the Widening participation and spreading excellence programmes. I also work as a project manager in EU-funded research projects where LiU has the main responsibility and is the coordinator. Within this role, I have led and managed various international cooperation projects.

I am also an associate professor and researcher in advanced structural materials for aerospace related applications at the Division of Engineering Materials (KMAT), the Department of Management and Engineering (IEI). My research includes the development of high-performance materials, surface improvements, mechanical properties and experimental characterisation. I have been the coordinator of two EU and Clean Sky 2 funded projects (DevTMF and AddMan) and involved in several national collaborative projects funded by LIGHTer, SMF Aeronautics, Production2013 and Structural Funds.

I have a research background in materials science, in the field of damage mechanisms in high temperature materials used for gas turbines. I received my PhD from Linköping University in 2007 and worked as a researcher at Rolls-Royce in the UK for five years until I moved back to Linköping.

Commitments and Networks

Commitments at LiU

  • EU  Research Coordinator at FOSA and IEI
  • Associated Professor at the division Engineering Materials at Department of Management and Engineering

Scientific assignments

  • Member of the board of the Strategic Innovation Programme for Aeronautics, SIP Innovair.
  • Editor, Materials Science and Technology, Taylor & Francis.
  • Member of the Editorial Advisory Board, International Journal of Fatigue, Elsevier.
  • Member of the Organising Committee In several international conferences: TMF Workshop 2016, 2019 and 2023, EUROMAT 2019, 2021 and 2023, ICAS 2022 and Fatigue 2024.
  • Evaluator and expert of EU applications to the Widening participation and spreading excellence, MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowship (PF) and Research Fund for Coal and Steel (RFCS) programmes.

External networks

  • The European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU).

  •  SWARMA (Swedish Association of Research Managers and Administrators).

  • SWARMA's representative in the Reference Group for Cluster 5 (Mobility/Transport), which supports Swedish experts from Vinnova, VR, Formas and the Swedish Energy Agency in various fields to provide input to new work programmes and future calls within Horizon Europe.

  • Innovair (Sweden's national strategic innovation programme for aviation).

  • East Central Sweden (Smart Specialisation).

  • The High Temperature Mechanical Testing Committee (HTMTC).

  • The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3).

  • EU Clean Innovation private-public partnership (the largest European research programme in aviation).

  • EU Vanguard Initiative (additive manufacturing).



B. Engel, W. J. Lavie, J. P. Rouse, M. T. Whittaker, J. P. Jones, R. Lancaster, Svjetlana Stekovic, S. J. Pattison, C. J. Hyde (2024) Modelling the influence of plasticity induced softening on the low cycle fatigue and crack propagation behaviour of a nickel-based superalloy Computational materials science, Vol. 231, Article 112604 Continue to DOI


Svjetlana Stekovic, Rodger Romero-Ramirez, Linnéa Olsson (2022) Effect of Nitriding on Microstructure and Mechanical Properties on a Ti64Alloy for Aerospace Applications ICAS PROCEEDINGS: 33th Congress of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences Stockholm, Sweden


Daniel Leidermark, James Rouse, Benedikt Engel, Christopher Hyde, Stephen Pattison, Svjetlana Stekovic (2021) Thermomechanical fatigue life due to scatter in constitutive parameters Computational materials science, Vol. 198, Article 110690 Continue to DOI


Svjetlana Stekovic (2020) DevTMF - Code of Practice for Thermo- Mechanical Fatigue Crack Growth Recent developments in Thermo-Mechanical Fatigue: 4th International Workshop on Thermo-Mechanical Fatigue
Viktor Norman, Svjetlana Stekovic, Daniel Leidermark, Benedikt Engel, James Rouse, Hyde Chris, Ben Grant (2020) Crack initiation in notched coarse- grained RR1000 specimens subjected to in-phase thermo-mechanical fatigue 4th workshop on thermo-mechanical fatigue

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