Michael Elstner is a technical engineer for glass constructions and master glazier and an officially appointed and sworn expert for the glazing trade/glass in buildings. He is Head of the Technical Advisory Service the strategic communication for AGC Interpane. He is member of different national and international associations and standard committees as well as working groups which are dealing with the application of glass.

Dr. Michael Emonds studied chemistry at RWTH – Aachen. He made his PhD in (bio)polymer chemistry and teached students at the university before he changed into industry. Since 1993, he is active in glass industry and works for BASF / Chemetall Frankfurt as R/D scientist. He is also responsible for applications engineering consulting in the areas of cutting fluids, coolants, detergents and interleavants/corrosion inhibitors and carries out seminars and training.

Michael A. Kraus M.Sc. (hons) studied Civil Engineering at the Technical University Munich with a specialisation in structural engineering. Since 2015 Michael Kraus works at the Institute and Laboratory for Structural Engineering at the University of German Self Defence Forces in Munich. Special aspects of his research and PhD thesis lie in the fields of the application of Bayesian Machine Learning approaches to uncertainty quantification in the fields of material modelling and system identification. By end of 2018 he submitted his dissertation on ‘Machine Learning Techniques for the Material Parameter Identification of Laminated Glass in the Intact and Post-Fracture State’.

Miguel Ángel Núñez Díaz -PhD in Architecture by the UPM -Master Degree in architecture by the UPM -Master Degree in Theorical & Practical Application of Finite Element method by the UNED -Specialist in technological façades both in the design and the implementation of works on landmark buildings. -Participant in several research programs in the field of national and international light façades. -Currently Technical Department Director in the technological façade consultancy ENAR, Envolventes Arquitectonicas.

Dr Mikko Rantala has long experience of R&D and IPR relating to float glass heat treatment machines. He is a patent attorney and heat transfer specialist of Glaston. The heat transfer processes in float glass tempering, laminating and bending machines the company manufactures are designed by him, and he can model them in the office with self-made calculating programs. Dr Rantala manages Glaston patent portfolio and IPR risk monitoring. He handles the patent issues of the company from the innovative developments to applications and patents. He follows competitors patenting and has high level knowledge of the patents in the industrial field of float glass heat treatment. He is also an inventor of many patents.

Miles Barr is co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Ubiquitous Energy. Barr has worked at the forefront of organic electronics and solar technology for over a decade. For his innovations in the solar industry, Barr has been named an MIT Technology Review Innovator Under 35 and a Forbes 30 under 30 in Energy. Barr holds a PhD from MIT in Chemical Engineering and a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University.

Miriam Schuster, born in 1990 in Luxembourg, studied Civil Engineering from 2009 to 2014 at University of Luxembourg and TU Darmstadt. She focused and specialized on structural engineering. After working in the Luxembourgish engineering office Schroeder&Associés she returned to TU Darmstadt in February 2016 as a researcher in the Institute of Structural Mechanics and Design under the supervision of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jens Schneider. Her topic area is the mechanical behaviour of intact and broken laminated safety glass with a main focus on the polymeric interlayer modelling.

Mirkka works as Culture Advisory Lead at Futurice. She has an extensive background in building successful services for clients in different fields, and helping them grow their business. Before working at Futurice, Mirkka worked for over decade at Nokia, ensuring the UX of their mobile devices were globally loved. Mirkka has a degree in administrative sciences from the University of Tampere, currently working on her PhD around digital transformation.

Naomi Schlösser has always been fascinated by the built environment. She therefore started with a bachelor’s in Architecture, Urbanism and Building Sciences at Delft University of Technology. Her desire to learn more about engineering resulted in the choice to complete a master’s degree in Building Engineering, also at Delft University of Technology. She currently works as a structural engineer at Eckersley O’Callaghan to combine her passion for design and engineering.

Nebojsa Jakica is an Assistant Professor in Facade Design and Engineering at the University of Southern Denmark and a Visiting Professor of Architectural Design Studio at Politecnico di Milano. He holds a PhD in Performance-Based Design for Complex BIPV Façade Systems. He worked as a Computational and Environmental Architect at architectural studios in Milan and Berlin on projects worldwide. Nebojsa is, among others, member of IEA and European Façade Network.

Over the last 25 years, Oliver has been involved in the management and design of facades, from concept to inception. Being trained as an Architect, his focus is in design of façade and façade systems. This includes schematic design ideas, system detailed development, façade prototype testing and implementation process. Currently he is working on the assessment of cladding on buildings and recladding where they are non-compliant. As the head of the facades group, he is still hands on and heavily involved in testing, research and fabrication of facades. He has had extensive experience in the Middle East, Asia and Australia. Some notable projects include the A$3 Billion New Royal Adelaide Hospital, the ITCC in Riyadh and the Australian award winning 35 Spring St by Bates Smart Architects. Oliver has also worked with many notable international architect firms such as Norman Foster, Grimshaw, Cesar Pelli, RTKL and WATG which has given him an insight into current ideas and updated technologies of other parts of the world.

Olivier Brouard is the Sustainability Engineering Specialist team leader with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP’s San Francisco office focusing on building science. He supports the High Performance Design group and the Sustainable Engineering Studio in delivering and documenting high performance design strategies and predicted performance running detailed simulations including whole building energy modeling analysis, dew point prediction and façade performance to inform the magnitude impact of architectural design decisions.

With 20 years in the glass business Oskar has experienced controlling, production and sales before going into marketing and specification in 2014. O has worked a lot with indoor climate consultants, his competence cuts across from glass to facade and building simulation. The workshop is based on his booklet, that will be distributed for free as workshop documentation

Pascal Buskens is an expert in coatings. After receiving his PhD from RWTH Aachen University, he headed the Functional Coatings R&D group at DSM where he developed antireflective coatings for solar cover glass. Currently, he works at TNO and Brightlands Materials Center as program manager for Sustainable Buildings, and focuses on the development of functional coating for energy efficient glazing. He combines this position with a professorship at Hasselt University.

Pedro Borges de Araújo (Porto, 1980) is an architect (FAUP, 2005) and TRIUM Global Executive Master of Business Administration (LSE London, NYU Stern, HEC Paris, 2018). He started his collaboration with Jofebar S.A. in 2005, being currently a managing partner and overseeing the International Sales and Distribution of panoramah!® minimalist door and window systems. He was responsible for the RedDot Best of the Best 2014 award given to panoramah!® skylight.

Director Product Management Industrial Glass Processing at Bohle, joined the company in 1985. For many years, he was engaged in application engineering in all aspects of processing glass, e.g. optimal manual glass cutting, thick glass cutting and UV bonding. In 2001 he became the Marketing and Product Manager especially for automatic glass cutting and ever since concentrates on this aspect of processing glass. The thorough knowledge of glass physics and the many years of experience in close cooperation with customer’s requirements have made Peter Pokoern a real expert when it comes to choosing the right wheel holder, the correct wheel angle and cutting force to obtain optimal results.

Peter holds a degree in Architecture from the University of Melbourne and graduated with further major studies in materials science. Over more that 35 years he has specialised in:
• The design, from concept to detailed design, of curtain wall high rise facades,
• The chemical interactions between the various materials comprising glazing systems, and
• The forensic investigation of various construction materials science matters resulting from chemical incompatibility. Today, Peter’s workload is almost entirely court expert witness work.

Session Chair - Facades from Concept to Realization

Rebecca Hartwell joined the Glass and Façade Technology research group in October 2017. She graduated in Material Science and Engineering (MEng) at the University of Manchester in 2015; including a 1-year placement at Siemens Magnet Technology, Oxford. Subsequently, Rebecca continued to work as a research assistant at the International Centre for Advanced Materials – University of Manchester, to develop research in understanding the role of microstructure in the failure of insect cuticle using X-Ray Computed Tomography. In 2016, she joined the Future Infrastructure and Built Environment (FIBE) CDT at Cambridge, and is currently working to develop novel design strategies and technologies for improving the reuse and recyclability of building envelopes.

Dr. Karvinen has been a professor of Heat Transfer and Fluid Dynamics  tens of years mainly at TUT. He has published plenty of papers in high quality journals, asked to review them and been an evaluator of PH.D theses in many countries.
He has attented GPD just from the beginning and worked with heat transfer problems of  glass tempering actively, recently with an-isotropy. Co-operation with industry in energy efficiency is worth mentioning as also honours from City of Tampere, Finnish Trade Fair Association and the President of Finland.

Reinhold Senft is the managing director of Grafotec Spray Systems GmbH/Augsburg. He has more than 25 years of experience in the glass industry. His professional specialty is to design machinery used in the flat and bending process for applying dry and wet inter-leaving powder as well as liquid application machines to apply solutions (antistain liquid) or suspensions (liquid interleaving for gravity bending). All major glass producers world-wide and many of the smaller professionals are using machinery from Grafotec to improve their production efficiency.