Institute Director

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bohumil Kasal

Since 1st of October 2010, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Kasal has been the Director of Fraunhofer Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut WKI in Braunschweig, Germany, which is the world´s largest research Institutes focusing on lignocellulosic materials.

The Fraunhofer Gesellschaft is, with over 24,000 employees and over 60 institutes, the largest applied research organization in Europe. Professor Kasal concurrently holds a Chair in Organic and Wood-based Construction Materials at the Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany. He holds an Ing. degree (engineer) from University of Zvolen, Slovakia, an MS in Wood Science from Virginia Tech, MS in Civil Engineering and PhD in Wood Structures from Oregon State University. Professor Kasal has received number of awards and in 2001 to 2002 he was a Senior Fulbright Fellow in Germany.

During 2005 to 2010, Professor Kasal was a Hankin Chair and Professor of Civil Engineering and Professor of Architectural Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University, and Director of the Pennsylvania Housing Research Center. Prior to joining the faculty at Penn State, Professor Kasal was a Professor at the North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. In addition, he has over seven years of outside-academia experience. Professor Kasal’s research is focused on wood structures under natural hazard loads, combination of wood and high-strength composites, and in-situ evaluation of wood structures. He authored over 200 papers and research reports, serves in editorial board of Journal of Materials and Structures, Wood Science Journal, Acta Facultatis Xylologiae Zvolen, chairs RILEM committee on in-situ evaluation of timber structures and actively participates in national and international professional organizations. Professor Kasal has lectured at universities around the world including Joseph Fourier University, Chalmers University and Universities in Graz, Vienna, Dresden, Stuttgart, Sopron, and others.

His research in seismic performance of timber frames was selected by the European Community as an example of successful international project; the National Science Foundation used Kasal’s work in historic structures in its report to the Congress of the United States, and his work addressing the wind performance of residential structures was discussed on various media outlets including CNN, CNN International, NBC and ABC networks.

Professor Kasal holds Professorships at the Czech Technical University in Prague, University of Primorska, Slovenia, North Carolina State University (associate status) and is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of New Brunswick, Canada.