The new MCAA Treasurer, Pavlo Bazilinskyy has ambitious goals for the upcoming two years. He plans to focus on financial independence and international collaboration to enhance MCAA’s worldwide reputation.
Pavlo Bazilinskyy, in his own words
I am an assistant professor at the Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands, focusing on artificial intelligence-driven interaction between automated vehicles and other road users.
I finished my PhD at TU Delft within the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Innovative Training Networks (ITN) project HFAuto.
I focused on auditory feedback for automated driving and also worked as a postdoc at TU Delft.
For three years, I was the head of data research at SD-Insights.
I am involved with startups and was a chair of the Bridging Science and Business Working Group of MCAA and a director of the Research and Innovation unit of Erasmus Mundus Association (EMA).
I also think that mobility is a crucial component of today’s world; and I exercised it from early on by studying in six countries.
His name might be familiar for many of the MCAA members. Pavlo has been the Chair of the Bridging Science and Business Working Group for four years. He is very proud of the achievements of the working group.
“I established a project-driven flat hierarchy in the group. It was effective and allowed us to organise four large conferences on the topics of the intersection of the worlds of business and academia and conduct a series of engaging webinars,” he says.
Pavlo explains how he intends to build on this experience as the new MCAA Treasurer. “Within my new position, I aim to translate such a project-driven structure onto initiatives coming from the Board,” he says.
One of his main goals is to reach the sustainable independence of the Association. “It is a crucial moment in the life of MCAA, which requires full support and engagement from all levels of the organisation. As Treasurer, I will supervise an efficient transition to the new scalable financial structure,” adds Pavlo.
For him, resilience from the COVID-19 pandemic is another important aspect to work on as Treasurer. Pavlo hopes that the level of activity of the Association will very soon correspond to the ‘pre-COVID world’.
Pavlo would also like to develop cooperation with other international organisations. He already has some ideas. “In my view, the young professionals-driven European Medicines Agency (EMA) is the most like-minded Alumni association for MCAA. Cooperating and working together would be fruitful for members of both associations. I will initiate a conversation on a mutually beneficial agreement of cooperation,” he announces.
Originally from Ukraine, the new Treasurer values the support of MCAA. “The discussion on the future of displaced researchers is helpful and will hopefully result in concrete outcomes. The recent General Assembly served as a platform to hear the voice of academics from Ukraine, and such discussion could be continued in future events of the Association,” says Pavlo.
He emphasises the importance of associations like the MCAA in post-COVID times and military troubled period in Europe. “Let’s embrace our unity during the post-pandemic years to come, which will hopefully enter the books of history as the period when the whole world finally came together and defeated evil and injustice,” concludes Pavlo.
MCAA Editorial Team