Dr. Stephen Morse is an assistant professor at Michigan Tech University in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He has extensive experience in model scale and full scale testing, numerical modeling and software development related to window glass strength. For the past ten years Dr. Morse has served as a technical adviser on the ASTM subcommittee responsible for maintaining and updating the national window glass standard, ASTM E1300. He contributed and authored key provisions to the E1300 standard including the addition of a generalized analytical procedure, expanded NFL charts and updated examples. Dr. Morse recently became the Convener of Work Group 2 of ISO TC 160/SC 2 Strength of Glass in Buildings and a member of the US Technical Advisory Group.

Stig Mikkelsen has a highly recognized architectural professionalism
with extensive experience and competence in design and development.
Stig has a particular holistic understanding of the interaction
between social, technical and sustainable solutions, and the goal is
always high quality projects, with an original architectural solution to
all issues that meet users’ needs and have a well-proportioned elegant
architectural statement in the final design solutions.
Stig is responsible for the overall design management in his studio and
involved in projects spanning across both cultural buildings as well as
offices, educational, laboratories and logistics buildings. Stig has many
years of experience with the adaptation of new design solutions for
existing buildings and transformation of listed buildings of both older
character and modernist buildings.

Tarun has over 12 years of experience in Glass Industry with Pilkington / Viridian Glass. Currently working as Technical Manager in Viridian Glass Australia, He has worked with Implementation & Support of ERP system across multiple Manufacturing facilities in Viridian Australia & New Zealand.

Also, extensive experience on design & Implementation of Operational Excellence reporting across different areas of manufacturing sites. With more & more manufacturing sites moving to “Lean Manufacturing methods”, higher OEE & reduced downtime plays a vital role in Operational success.

Thomas Noreila is the CEO of Trä Group and one of the two founders. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Trä Kronor. Noreila has more than 15 years of experience in the construction industry, especially in the field of restoration heritage and wood construction. Noreila has also led the highly successful fundraising project of the Live Aid New Children’s Hospital as well as the related and rewarded Live Aid 2015 Stadium Concert, which was organized completely voluntarily.

Dr. Thomas Rainer is Head of Operation & Development of the HEGLA boraident. After studying at the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg he specialized in the field of laser and glass science. His specialty is laser-induced formation of nano particles in glass. From 2000 up to 2017 he was the managing director of boraident GmbH. 2017 boraident would a part of HEGLA Group, one of the leading machine building companies for glass processing.

Tim is a Studio Director at Bates Smart architects, a fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects and founding and current President of Open House Melbourne. He is passionate about the importance that architecture plays in creating successful cities and is a keen advocate in promoting architecture to the public. A particular interest of his is the poetics of light and the importance it plays in creating memorable architectural experiences.

Timo has more than 10 years of experience from glass industry. After 10 years of work in various positions, from international business to product and sales management at Saint-Gobain and Finnglass, he started as MBO, owner and CEO of Finnglass in 2017. He has specialized in electrically heated glass, its applications and technology. Timo has worked in many challenging international projects with the leading facade contractors.

Tobias Rist studied Material Science at the University of Bayreuth. He is now working for more than ten years at the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials. There he leads the group “Machining Processes, Glass Forming”. His focus is placed on glass forming technologies, joining and severing glass and the evaluation of glass strength and failures.

Tyler Hernandez is currently a PhD candidate in Chemistry at Stanford University and a Visiting Scholar at the University of Colorado – Boulder. His research focuses on studying and engineering electrochromic technology based on reversible metal electrodeposition. His specific research interests include the design and characterization of reversible electrolytic systems and novel counter electrode materials for electrochromic applications. He has previously published on RME-based dynamic window technology and is dedicated to pursuing a career in emerging electrochromic technologies.

Urmilla Sowell has 18 years of experience in the fenestration industry. She is the Technical and Advocacy Director for the National Glass Association with duties that include managing all technical activities and advocating for the glass and glazing industry. Ms. Sowell participates in several standardization bodies, such as ISO, ASTM International, ANSI and many others.

Valérie Hayez is Global Façade Engineering & Architectural Design Engineer for High Performance Building Solutions at Dow Silicones, based in Belgium. In her current role, she provides technical service to the design community, including façade system manufacturers, architects and engineers. She is responsible for identifying and communicating industry needs to Dow‘s Research and Development Community and supporting the development and commercialization of new products

Program Committee Member, Session Chair - Glass under Extreme Conditions

Vaughn Schauss, Americas Technical Consultancy Manager for Kuraray’s Trosifol division, works with architects, structural engineers, façade consultants, and glass fabricators on the specification, design, and use of laminated glass in buildings. Vaughn began his career working with glass laminators providing expertise on the lamination process. Now, he concentrates his efforts on structural, security, acoustical, and hurricane applications for laminated glass, and is active in many industry organizations and standards committees.

Session Chair - Laminated Glass

Vesa Jääsko is awarded industrial designer and experienced concept developer as working with startups for generating new products and services. He is expert in customer value opportunity searching and analyzing, customer centered development, business concept planning, brand development and product designing. He has 25+ years of experience working with industry. He has worked as an expert of new business idea assessment in different venues such as in Tekes PreStart programme.

Vicente Montes-Amoros, PE, MSc. Facade Engineer, LEED AP BD+C Vicente Montes-Amoros is a façade and structural engineer at Curtain Wall Design and Consulting (CDC) in CDC’s Virginia/Washington DC office. He joined CDC in 2005 and worked in the engineering division during his first years where he designed and engineered different building enclosure systems. He holds a Masters of Science in Façade Engineering from the University of Bath in the United Kingdom and a Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering with a major in Structural. Mr. Montes pioneered CDC’s Solar Reflectivity technology and has given multiple presentations on this and other topics at national and international venues. His articles have been published in different journals, proceedings, and industry magazines.

Ville Stenius is Business Director for Building Automation & Performance in Finland and Baltics at Siemens. Ville has over 10 years of experience in developing data-driven services for smart buildings and digital platform creation for people-centric services. He is a pioneer in the industry through virtual building management and analytics, predictive maintenance modeling, decentralized energy systems and services. Ville has been an accelerator in the virtual power plant investment aid project of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment. His passion is in shaping the current building industry structures and business models through value creation in the digital era.

Viviana Nardini has a degree in civil engineering and has been active in the facade industry for more than 12 years. After working as structural engineer for Permasteelisa and Yuanda Europe, in 2014 she joined the Corporate Façade Team of Sika. In Sika, she provides technical support to global façade companies and insulating glass producers and fosters the development of new products and applications to meet industry needs. She is member of different Standardization Committees dealing with the design of adhesives and sealants in façade applications.

Vlad is a specialist structural engineer with strong analytical background and over 10 years of broad experience in traditional construction, complex geometry and innovative materials. He is regarded as one of the key designers and innovators in the glass industry and has designed and delivered a number of landmark and award-winning projects world-wide. Vlad enjoys collaborating on highly challenging briefs which involve first principle thinking combined with rigorous analytical approach

Walter Hartnett is a leader of the Façade Engineering practice. He joined Thornton Tomasetti in 2017 and has more than 10 years of experience in design, analysis, planning and implementation of façade systems. His work spans across multiple market sectors and building types. As a structural engineer with an extensive background, he offers expert guidance on building envelope technologies and how best to integrate them into high-performance, resilient, design-driven enclosures.

Dr. Werner Wagner has been active in the facade and insulating glass industry for 24 years. With his chemical and technical background he has established the technical service department of Wacker-Chemie (Germany) for facade projects, from design reviews and joint calculations to project testing to applicators training, and was also responsible for product development of silicone sealants and adhesives. When Sika AG, Switzerland acquired Wacker’s facade silicone business in March 2004 he joint Sika and is now Market Field Manager of Sika Facade & Fenestration, responsible for the facade product portfolio and is closely cooperating with planners and fabricators.

Architectural Glass and Glazing Consultant and a licensed professional engineer. Mr. Lingnell is involved in engineering, design, and construction of projects throughout the United States, Canada and other countries. He consults for general contractors, manufacturers, fabricators, owners, developers, architects, and individuals relating to glass systems used on architectural projects. He consults to engineers, testing agencies, industry trade associations, insurance companies, building managers, window producers, curtain wall consultants, and the legal profession on matters concerning glass technology

Rob Halter is a Vice President at Elkus Manfredi Architects with 25 years of experience in architectural design for complex high rise residential, mixed-use, and institutional projects. Rob earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the School of Architecture & Environmental Design at Kent State University. Rob is a registered architect and member of the American Institute of Architects, the Boston Society of Architects, and the US Green Building Council.

Wim Stevels is currently Architectural Industry Support Manager for Eastman Chemical, responsible technically for the architectural use of Saflex and Vanceva interlayers in Europe. This includes registration and qualification testing of Eastman’s interlayer portfolio. He is a member of various standardization bodies and has a broad interest in laminated safety glass with added functionality, and a particular interest in interlayer rheology and glass design.

Program Committee Member, Session Chair - Structural Glass Applications