It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Dr. Svajus Asadauskas, a chemical engineer and tribologist, at the age of 56 on 3 July.
He was most recently Chief Scientist and Head of the Tribology Laboratory in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Technology at FTMC. We have lost one of Lithuania's best-known tribologists.
Svajus Asadauskas was born on 25 August 1967 in Prienai. He attended Prienai I Secondary School and graduated in 1985. Later he studied chemical technology at Kaunas Polytechnic Institute (KPI, now Kaunas University of Technology) and chemistry at Washington State University (USA). During his studies, he actively participated in the activities of the KPI Sąjūdis initiative group. In 1993, he went to Pennsylvania State University (USA) to study for a PhD in chemical engineering, where he received his PhD in 1997.
For three years, Asadauskas worked for the United States Department of Agriculture, where he was invited to study how to replace petroleum with vegetable oils in the production of lubricants. Asadauskas later exchanged his civil service for a job with the German company Fuchs Lubricants in the USA, where he worked for eight years. In 2008, he returned to Lithuania, to the then Institute of Chemistry, Department of Materials Science and Corrosion Research, where he successfully established the Tribology Group.
Svajus has been an active member of FTMC community, serving as a member and secretary of the FTMC Scientific Board, taking an interest in scientific affairs in Lithuania and as a board member of Futura Sciencia, an association of Lithuanian scientists from abroad. Our community will greatly miss our always cheerful and sincere colleague, whose advice and insights were useful not only in the scientific field.
Our sincere condolences to Svajus' family and relatives. We grieve together.
Rest in peace, Dear Svajus.