Ivana Mikolić obtained her masters degree in Control Engineering and Automatization at the University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing – UNIZG FER in 2012. During her studies she was a member of the Centre for Underwater Systems and Technologies – CUST, KSET, Scientific and Sport Competition Committee at UNIZG FER. She was also a part of production teams of several film and music festivals and institutions (Motovun FIlm Festival, World Festival of Animated Film – ANIMAFEST ZAGREB, SC Culture of Change, International Festival of Developing Theater – GANZ New Festival etc). From 2012 to February 2015 she worked in Hulahop Ltd as a producer of the ANIMAFEST ZAGREB festival. Since March 2015 she is a Project Manager of scientific and research projects of Laboratory for Underwater Systems and Technologies – LABUST and Laboratory for Robotics and Intelligent Control Systems – LARICS at UNIZG FER. She has been involved in EC Horizon 2020, Interreg MED and FP7, NATO Science for Peace, national, and ONR-G projects related to marine robotics such as EXCELLABUST – Excelling LABUST in marine robotics, submarine CULTures perform long-term robotic exploration of unconventional environmental niches – subCULTron, CADDY – Cognitive Autonomous Diving Buddy, Animal and robot Societies Self-organise and Integrate by Social Interaction (bees and fish) – ASSISI, New operational steps towards an alliance of European research fleets – EUROFLEETS 2, Unmanned Systems for Maritime Security and Environmental Monitoring – MORUS, etc.
She is a part of Breaking the Surface Organizing Committee since 2009, and Chair since 2012.