From IJS to KGB
Before Cosylab was founded in 2001, seven young students of Physics were working together on different projects under the auspices of the Institute Jozef Stefan (IJS). They united in the year 1996, when Mark ("The Doc") formed a group of enthusiasts, called KGB (Kontrollgruppe fϋr Beschleuniger), whose aim was firstly to develop a control system for ANKA, a German particle accelerator.
From KGB to Cosylab
After the group successfully finished this project in 2000, it faced its first dilemma - should the members continue with their studies and scientific careers, or proceed with complex engineering work for Big Science? It was at this point that the KGB decided to form their own company, and thus Cosylab, the Control System Laboratory, came to be.
About "The Doc"
"The Doc" Mark Pleško received his PhD in Physics in 1987 and MBA in 1996. In 2001, Mark received the Award of the European Physics Society for control systems in experimental physics. Mark was appointed the Chairman of the Board of directors of the IJS, and elected the President of Engineering Academy of Slovenia. As a skillful lecturer and teacher, Mark gives several invited lectures per year at international conferences and meetings.
And the Leader
Apart from leading by example in Cosylab, Mark is also a member and a working party co-leader of the EU-Japan Business Round Table, whose members are senior executives from some 50 leading European and Japanese companies.
In 2014, Mark has been nominated for the Slovenian Entrepreneur of the Year, and in 2018, Mark received the Award for extraordinary business and entrepreneurial achievements by the Slovenian Chamber of Commerce.