C. Keith Boswell, FAIA, Technical Partner for SOM’s West Coast offices, orchestrates and oversees detailed design and construction documentation for all West Coast projects. Since joining SOM in 1981, he has worked on high-rise office buildings, government facilities, residential and mixed-use complexes, and international and domestic airport passenger terminals.
Keith is a specialist in designing and executing technically complex building systems, such as exterior enclosures, curtain walls, elevator and vertical transportation systems, and special construction. He is actively engaged in the research and application of materials and systems for use in SOM designs. He is the author of the book, Exterior Building Enclosures: Design Process and Composition for Innovative Facades, which was published June 2013 and addresses the design and execution of sophisticated exterior envelopes.
Some of Keith’s recent project experiences include; Moscone Convention Center Expansion, SeaTac International Arrivals Facility at SeaTac, 49 South Van Ness, Block 9 Residential Tower, U.C. Hastings School of Law, 350 Mission Street, the Cathedral of Christ the Light and the San Francisco International Airport—all in the San Francisco Bay Area, the New United States Courthouse and UCLA Geffen School of Medicine in Los Angeles, and 111 South Main in Salt Lake City Utah. Keith has led SOM’s services for the U.S. Embassy Beijing, U.S. Embassy Beijing NOX, New United States Consulate in Guangzhou, the Consulate in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, and is leading the Embassy in Windhoek, Namibia. Keith’s recent international work include: Ningbo Guohua Financial Tower in Ningbo, LJZ 2-16-1 in Shanghai, and the Poly International Plaza in Beijing, China.

Kenny (28) received his Ph.D. on the topic ‘Statically Indeterminate Reinforced Glass Beams’ at Ghent University in 2018 and is specialised in structural glass systems. He is author of 10 articles in peer-reviewed journals, 12 publications in conference proceedings and is first inventor of a patent concerning an innovative structural glass beam system. Kenny recently founded Vitroplena, an engineering consultancy specialised in the design and realisation of structural glass projects.

Kimmo Keränen received his MSc, Lic. Sc. and D. Sc (Tech.) degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Oulu, Finland in 1992, 2002 and 2008, respectively. He works as Senior Scientist in Sensing and Integration research area at VTT. His current research interests are in flexible electronics/photonics manufacturing processes targeted to structural electronics applications. He is project manager in on-going Flex-in Glass R&D project funded mainly by Business Finland

Dr. Klaus Mühlhans has a deep experience in flat glass industry since more than 34 years working for A+W Software. As a technical director he is responsible for high-level automation and optimization projects. A+W is the worldwide leader in providing software for the flat-glass and fenestration industry. Before joining A+W, he studied physics and earned his degree in theoretical nuclear physics.

Laura Galuppi is Assistant Professor in “Structural Mechanics” at University of Parma (Italy). Her research interests focus on analytical modelling of layered and composite structures, in particular of laminated glass for structural applications. She has participated to the preparation of Italian Guidelines on Structural Glass CNR-DT/210, and JRC report “Guidance for European Structural Design of Glass Components”. She is member of the Editorial Boards of International Journals “GLAS” and “SGAMR”.

Lisa is a Senior Associate at Eckersley O’Callaghan having joined in 2013 to lead many of the facade group’s most challenging projects. Lisa has the responsibility of directing EOC’s R&D efforts globally, focusing on innovative glass designs and technology which maintain EOC’s position as leaders in the field, but also identifying new fields of research including a variety of materials and novel analysis approaches. 

Louis Moreau has over 25 years of experience in the Glass industry and brings an eclectic mix of international experience from float manufacturing, high performance coatings, large building glazing, and high-end glass fabrication. In 2011 Louis joined the AGNORA team as the company was getting ready to launch in the market. As the Head, Technology & Innovation, Louis has played an instrumental role in the development and success of the company.

Mandeep Singh is an architect specialising in complex facades and computational workflow. Having studied at the University of Westminster, London and The Royal Academy of Art and Architecture, Copenhagen and having worked on prominent projects around the world for ZHA, WilkinsonEyre, Foster + Partners and is currently façade lead at Mikkelsen Architects, Copenhagen.
Mandeep is experienced in concept to execution, with a vested understanding in the translation of complex data from architectural intent to contractor ready production material and concepts such as just in time production. Coupled with a specialised understanding of novel trends within research feeds in to solutions and methodologies he chooses to peruse to help the AEC industry and academia progress towards common social and environmental goals,

Marco Zaccaria is a research engineer for AGC, working in the architectural field (IGUs, thin glass, electrochromic glazing are some of his activities are related to). Before that he completed a PhD on ‘Bi-tempered glass’ at the University of Cambridge. His work is currently product development focused, but he keeps alive several fundamental research activities with Universities and Engineering practices.

Dipl.-Wi.-Ing. Marcus Klein is managing director of the SURAGUS GmbH. He holds a master degree in Business and Engineering from University of Technology Dresden focusing on microelectronics and electronic packaging. Past working experiences include Siemens Pte Singapore, Wacker Chemie AG, Advanced Mask Technology Center and Fraunhofer Institute for non-destructive testing Dresden. Marcus´ expertise focuses on material testing and layer characterization.

Mark Schmidt has performed hundreds of building envelope investigations addressing operational concerns (such as water infiltration), safety concerns (such as glass breakage, anchorage and component failure), and aesthetic concerns (such as finish or surface degradation). He has led investigations of aluminum-framed curtain walls, architectural precast concrete panels, thin stone veneers, stone and brick masonry, terra cotta, door and window assemblies, skylights, composite panels, mosaic tile systems, EIFS and stucco systems.

Head of Spain & Open Innovation Sr Manager. MBA graduate of Hult International Business School. 10+ years of experience

After his MBA at Hult International Business School in San Francisco, Maroane has focused on Open Innovation for the last five years. He helps Large Corporations in the elaboration of their Open Innovation strategy and implementation, including trend spotting, and startup scouting. He is project manager of the Open Innovation for Midcaps European program.

Some of his achievements are the creation of:

  • the US accelerator for Alcatel One Touch in the Silicon Valley, which includes coaching/mentoring the startups and corporate member.  
  • the International network called the Global Open Innovation Network, where he designed, developed and implemented activities to foster the Open Innovation Community in Silicon Valley, Boston. The Network was  extended in New York, Paris and China.

Thanks to his past experience in IT as a project Manager for Large French Corporations such as Engie, Sanofi or Française Des Jeux, Maroane has an extensive understanding of the Corporate and technical world.

Martien is working as Head of the R&D department at seele. The R&D department combines all project-relevant engineering services like structural engineering, testing, building physics, welding and bonding technology, product developement, approvals, codes and specifications. He is also giving lectures about Shell structures at the university in Munich.

Session Chair - Complex and Curved Glass

Martin Botz is a research assistant at the Institute and Laboratory for sructural engineering at the University of German Armed Forces in Munich under the supervision of Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Geralt Siebert. He graduated with a Master of Science degree in civil engineering at the University of German Armed Forces in Munich in 2013. Before joining the research team of Prof. Siebert in 2016, he worked as EOD (explosive ordnance disposal) – officer in the German army. His research area is the field of structural glass engineering, especially the investigation of polymer interlayers used in laminated glass. The focus is on the material behavior of the interlayers in the postfractured state of laminated glass.

Dr Matyas Gutai is an academic and practicing architect specializing in sustainable architecture and hybrid building materials like water-glass and fluid-solid building envelopes (Water House). His experimental buildings and patented innovation explore how hybrid material innovations can lead to new opportunities in architectural engineering and design. Matyas’ research field focuses on Hybrid Architecture, a construction system that can disseminate mass and heat within the structure to create an energy-efficient network system on scale of facades, buildings, city blocks or neighborhoods.

Mauro Corrado is an Assistant Professor of Solid and Structural Mechanics at the Politecnico di Torino, Italy. His research interests include fracture mechanics, computational mechanics, multi-physics and multi-scale analysis, mechanics of materials, structural glass. He is currently leading a project concerning the enhancement of the glass strength by means of functional coatings. He is member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Structural Glass and Advanced Materials Research.

Maximilian Laurs was born on October 29th 1992 in Aachen (Germany). He studied Business Administration and Civil Engineering at RWTH Aachen University and completed it in 2018. Since then, he has continued his studies as a PhD Student in Aachen at the Institute of Steel Construction, supervised by Prof. Feldmann. His main research topic is in the sector of cold bending of glass and glass structures. He teaches glass construction at the faculty of civil engineering of RWTH Aachen University.

Michael Drass (29 years old) M.Eng. is educated as a civil engineer, finished his Master degree in structural engineering from University of Applied Sciences in Mainz, Germany. After his studies he began his PhD studies at the Technical University of Darmstadt at the Institute for structural mechanics and design, where he is particularly concerned with adhesive joints of all kinds in constructive glass construction. This is at the same time the subject of his nearly completed dissertation on „Constitutive Modelling and Limit State Analyses of Poro-Hyperelastic Materials“.