Institute Director

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bohumil Kasal

Since 1st October 2010, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bohumil Kasal has been the Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research, Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut, WKI with locations in Braunschweig, Hanover and Wolfsburg. He is also Chair of Organic Materials at the Institute of Building Materials, Concrete Construction and Fire Protection (IBMB) at the Technical University of Braunschweig.

His main research at the TU focuses on the use of organic materials in constructive and non-constructive applications. The co-operation with the Fraunhofer WKI has been strengthened through the mutual Center for Light and Environmentally-Friendly Structures ZELUBA®, which interdisciplinarily examines the ecologically and economically-meaningful use of renewable raw materials in the construction industry.

Prof. Kasal previously studied, taught and researched for many years in the USA. Before moving to the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, he held the Hankin Chair at the Pennsylvania State University from 2005 to 2010 as well as professorships for architectural technology, civil engineering and environmental protection technology. His work there focused upon residential construction, wood science, heritage preservation, the impact of natural hazards on buildings and the use of composite materials in structures. At the Penn State University, he also headed the Pennsylvania Housing Research Center.

From 1992 to 2005, Prof. Kasal taught at the chair for wood and paper research as well as the chair for civil engineering at the North Carolina State University. Furthermore, from 2001 to 2002, he was a visiting professor at the Technical University in Dresden.

Professor Kasal was Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Bristol and remains a Professor at the Czech Technical University in Prague as well as an Honorary Research Associate at the University of New Brunswick, Canada.

Professor Kasal is a Fulbright Scholar.