First Name
Kasal, PhD, PE, Professor
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Curriculum Vitae


Since 1st of October 2010, Bohumil Kasal has been the Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research, Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut, WKI with locations in Braunschweig, Hannover 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 civil-engineering applications. The co-operation with the Fraunhofer WKI has been strengthened through the Center for Light and Environmentally-Friendly Structures  with focus on the ecologically and economically meaningful use of renewable raw materials in the construction industry.

Dr. Kasal previously studied, taught and researched for many years in the USA. Before moving to the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, he held the prestigious Bernard and Henrietta Hankin Chair and two professorships (Civil Engineering and Architectural Engineering) at the Pennsylvania State University  (2005-2010). His work there focused on residential construction, heritage preservation, building physics, the impact of natural hazards on buildings and the use of composite materials in structures. At Penn State University, he also headed the Pennsylvania Housing Research Center (PHRC).

From 1992 to 2005, Kasal was a professor at the North Carolina State University where he conducted research focused on wind-loaded light-frame structures, timber structures and mathematical modeling of hysteretic non-linear systems.  His work was featured on various national and international media outlets including CNN, CNN International, NBC and ABC networks.

Bo Kasal was Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Bristol, is currently Professor at the Czech Technical University in Prague, Honorary Research Associate at the University of New Brunswick, Canada, and holds adjunct Professorship at the North Carolina State University. He is a Fulbright Scholar.




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