People Behind the Project – 01/17: Monika Cerinšek

Happy new year!

Sometimes, data analysis becomes so complex that you need someone who knows how to do it. One of our computer scientists contributing to the project is Dr. Monika Cerinšek, working at Abelium company in Slovenia. (And in case you don’t know who Elizabeth Holmes is (like me), google her, it’s worth it.)

cerinsekWhat is your task in the project?

Analytics of the European forest sector production 2008-2013 in WP2 and API development support in WP3.

What motivates you to work on the project?

Interest in a data analysis of forest sector production and cloud based solutions, r&d in mathematical optimization.

If a fairy granted you a wish related to CaReWood, what would it be?

To have more time and resources to work on data analysis of this data.

Wood is a material with several advantages. What would make it better?

More conscious usage of it. A platform (digital marketplace) for wooden products integrating smart sensors (personalized and smart wooden products).

Tell us about your education.

Bachelor degree in Mathematics and PhD in Computer science.

Which person do you most admire?

Elizabeth Holmes

What is your greatest extravagance?

Devotion to learning new ways to change the way see the data.

People Behind the Project – 12/16: Barbara Šubic

Barbara Šubic, phd student and head of research and development at M Sora company in Slovenia, represents the industry within the consortium. It appears that selling recycled timber to customers becomes more challenging than expected. Continue reading to know why – in our monthly series “people behind the project”.

What is your task in the project?

I work in M SORA company as a head of research and development. Our responsibility in the project is to try in practice how wood can be collected, dissasambled, surface treatment removed and than how to reuse the wood in most efficient way.

What motivates you to work on the project?

We are aware that our company strategy should not be only about producing new from new, but also about producing new from old. We should also have a plan how our new windows should be recycled after their life-expectancy.

If a fairy granted you a wish related to CaReWood, what would it be?

I wish the project would show that it is very cost efficient to produce new windows from old ones :-).

Wood is a material with several advantages. What would make it better?

I wish the surface of our end products would be resistant to all damages. Nowdays, no mistakes are tolerated by the customers.

Tell us about your education.

I am a PhD student at the Faculty of Civil Engineering.

Which person do you most admire?

It is funny how this changes with years. In teenage years we’ve all had pop stars and sports idols, but now I see that real idols have been very close to me all the time. I admire my mom for her determination in life, my brother for his excellency in everything he does and my husband for being master of disconnecting work from his head when he comes home and be able to play with children as without worry in his mind.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Enjoying and exploring nature alone, with kids or friends in any way possible (running, trekking, hiking, cycling, …).

People Behind the Project – 11/16: Jasmin Kalcher

Admirable persons are closer than you think states Jasmin Kalcher from BOKU, Austria in our people behind the project interview.

kalcherWhat is your task in the project?

Collecting data for a model that tries to predict the future amount of recovered wood from building and construction sector in Austria. Evaluating the amount of wood/timber used in the construction sector in the CaReWood partner countries (in cooperation with CaReWood partners).

What motivates you to work on the project?

The prospect that “waste wood” gets a second life as a valuable resource.

If a fairy granted you a wish related to CaReWood, what would it be?

That the outcomes of the project will become a basis for the re-use of recovered wood.

Wood is a material with several advantages. What would make it better?

With wood the nature already provides a great raw material. But the various application fields of wood leave a plenty of possibilities for improvement on the part of the users. Starting with the sorting and the labelling up to the development of new wooden products…

Tell us about your education.

I studied Forestry at the University of Applied Sciences Weihenstephan-Triesdorf and graduated in Renewable Resources at the TU München/BOKU Vienna.

Which person do you most admire?

I admire persons who stand for other people even if they find themselves in most difficult circumstances. When you take a close look on your neighborhood and on history you will find more of them than you may expect.

What is your greatest extravagance?

It depends – sometimes it can even be an extravagance to read a book instead of cleaning up the flat.

People Behind the Project – 10/16: Andrej Brodnik

Bringing theory and practice together: Prof. Andrej Brodnik, WP3 leader at UP in Koper, Slovenia.

What is your task in the project?

Project leader in Slovenian team, reverse logistic optimization model design.

What motivates you to work on the project?

The combination of practical application of an interesting and challenging theoretical problem.

If a fairy granted you a wish related to CaReWood, what would it be?

Make the CaReWood project practically and theoretically so great that the results would be widely accepted.

Wood is a material with several advantages. What would make it better?

Reuse :-)

Tell us about your education.

PhD in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, Canada

Which person do you most admire?

The term most implies a single person, which is hard chose one. However, if I need to choose, my wife Pia – she amazes me how she juggles between career of professional opera singer, university teacher and the person who supports three corners of our family home.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Tough question. I guess love for both theory and practice.

People Behind the Project – 09/16: Bansi Tchatchouang Sidoine Brice

I recently stated that research brings people together. Here is a second example of Bansi Tchatchouang Sidoine Brice, who worked a while ago at ESB in Nantes, France, for the CaReWood project in WP4, gluing different wood species.

BriceBansiWhat is your task in the project?

I work on the scientific and technological study of a process of recovery of wood recycled within the CaReWood project (WorkPackage IV). The objective is to estimate the dimensional stability of laminated wood beams made with various species. A finite element model will be realized and validated by the experimental observations. This model will allow us to assess the stress inferred and to study several possible of configurations.

What motivates you to work on the project?

I find this concept of adding value to recovered wood very relevant and innovative at the economic, environmental, industrial and scientific scales. At the end of this project we should be able to see quality laminated products made from various species of waste wood. I delighted all the more as the valorization of waste wood seduces more of one and is more and more a real challenge.

If a fairy granted you a wish related to CaReWood, what would it be?

Inauguration industry of manufacturing of the products of engineering wood from 100% recycled wood.

Wood is a material with several advantages. What would make it better?

Of the element of structure in the structure; understand and improve wood behavior under hygro-thermo-mechanic load.

Tell us about your education.

Master I in chemistry and physics science in University of Yaounde I. (Cameroon).

Master Degree of Materials Sciences Applied: Modelling and simulation of wood material Central School of Nantes (French).

Engineer of wood: Research option. Science and Mechanic wood in Academy of Wood Science and Technology Nantes (French).

Which person do you most admire?

Friedrich Kekulé von Stradonitz for his curiosity, works.

What is your greatest extravagance?

It is my mother who always buys my under clothes.

People Behind the Project – 08/16: Alfred Teischinger

Establishing and using an “urban forest” under consideration of design for recycling standards is key to WP2-leader Prof. Dr. Alfred Teischinger from BOKU, Austria.

teischingerWhat is your task in the project?

Work package leader, coordinating the research in work package 2, scientific input and validation of the various subtasks and results.

What motivates you to work on the project?

Interesting ideas with respect to cascade use of wood. Network in this area of secondary wood utilization as a new approach.

If a fairy granted you a wish related to CaReWood, what would it be?

To establish and to utilize an “urban forest” in the sense of significantly built environment of wood in construction, indoor design and other applications also to be utilized in a cascade way in the future.

Wood is a material with several advantages. What would make it better?

Wood functionalization and wood material engineering combined with innovative manufacturing methods. Design for reuse and recycling is part of this.

Tell us about your education.

Graduated in Wood Technology at BOKU University Vienna, practical experience from various internships in wood industry and from home (sawmill and window components production).

Which person do you most admire?

It is difficult to focus on one person but Mahatma Ghandi, Michael Gorbatschow in politics, W. Shakespeare and F. Schiller in literature are some of those.

Concering Science I admire many of the great scientists from past and today, but Lise Meitner and Andrei Sacharow deserve my special respect.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Basically I am very balanced. Taking specific sport and leisure time opportunities immediately at chance (nice weather and snow to be expected – night train to Tirol in order to take the opportunity) might be such an extravagance.

People Behind the Project – 07/16: Andreja Kutnar

Communication is key for most researchers, whether it is communicating research results, translating between research groups or meeting people around the world. For Andreja Kutnar, ass. professor at UP in Koper, Slovenia, communication in various forms is an important aspect of her work.

Achieving higher resource efficiency is Andreja Kutnars from UP in Koper, Slovenia motivation to contribute to CaReWood.

kutnarWhat is your task in the project?

Making the bridge between computer scientists and wood scientists.

What motivates you to work on the project?

Cascading material use – for example using wood in one application, then collecting it and using it again, and again – is a key part of the push towards resource A cascade use of wood efficiency and sustainability that has been largely overlooked until recently. A project like this, which actually demonstrates a potential business case for wood cascading, is critical to moving closer to Europe’s resource efficiency goals.

If a fairy granted you a wish related to CaReWood, what would it be?

For every single person to understand the value of using wood in multiple products before simply burning it.

Wood is a material with several advantages. What would make it better?

Part of my research is in the field of thermal modification and life cycle analysis, so I think modifications that increase wood’s durability, strength and fitness for multiple uses will make it better – as long as the extra energy inputs are offset by the increased service life afforded by the modifications.

Tell us about your education.

I received both my B.S. and Ph.D. from the B Department of Wood Science and Technology at the Biotechnical Faculty at the University of Ljubljana. I completed my B.S. in 2003, and my Ph.D. in 2008. I won the “Jesenko award” after receiving each degree, which recognises the best student graduating at each level of study.

Which person do you most admire?

It’s hard for me to think of any individual, but I admire people who have clear goals and do everything it takes to achieve them.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Seeing the world and meeting the people in it, something I’m pleased to say my job allows me to do.

People Behind the Project – 06/16: Robert Stingl

Do you know how much wood is in use in your house, your city, your country? No? Maybe Robert Stingl from BOKU, Austria can help you out. ‘Cause that’s what he is working on.

Robert_Stingl_BOKUWhat is your task in the project?

To determine the timber portion and the absolute volume of wood in Austria.

What motivates you to work on the project?

To provide useful baseline data for a presentable result.

If a fairy granted you a wish related to CaReWood, what would it be?

To develop a simple method to determine the data needed.

Wood is a material with several advantages. What would make it better?

People with less prejudice and misinformation.

Tell us about your education.

Secondary education of Civil Engineering and university education for Wood Research.

Which person do you most admire?

In different areas, different people – especially in the wood science: Prof. Helmuth Resch (Emeritus Professor at BOKU)

What is your greatest extravagance?

I need intellectual freedom – for example, during extended pilgrimages

People Behind the Project – 05/16: Mark Irle

One of our work package leaders, Prof. Mark Irle from ESB in Nantes, France, answers the people behind the project questions this month.

irleWhat is your task in the project?

I am the leader for WP4 which will develop the upgrading process for recycling wood in a more intelligent manner.

What motivates you to work on the project?

The results from CaReWood have the potential to increase the profitability of recycling wood and this, in turn, will provide a driver for increasing the amount of wood that is recycled. In addition, the upgraded CaReWood products will have at least one additional life-cycle and so the CO2 in the wood will remain locked in the product for longer.

If a fairy granted you a wish related to CaReWood, what would it be?

There are a number of different ways to upgrade recovered wood. I would like a crystal ball that could show me the futures of the different scenarios envisaged for wood upgrading.

Wood is a material with several advantages. What would make it better?

It would be useful if we could control the shape memory of wood.

Tell us about your education.

BSc:    Wood Science, University of Wales, 1982.

PhD:    “Physical Aspects of Wood Adhesive Bond Formation with Formaldehyde Based Adhesives”, University of Wales, 1986.

HDR:   “Investigations of the Manufacture, Properties and Performance of Wood-Based Composites”, Université Bordeaux I, 2006.

Which person do you most admire?

Nelson Mandela

What is your greatest extravagance?

I shower every day and this is an impossible dream for many people around the world.

People Behind the Project – 04/16: Mike Burnard

Research brings people together. Example needed? Mike Burnard, born and educated in the US, working on an European research project in Slovenia, translating between wood and computer scientists. More about Mike in the interview below.

burnardWhat is your task in the project?

Translating between wood scientists and computer scientists at UP. Attempting to piece together a coherent picture of Slovenia’s wood waste handling.

What motivates you to work on the project?

Finding a path to greater resource utilization through designing products for reclamation and developing a system for collecting old products and components is a complex puzzle and that’s interesting to me. However, the people on the project are the real motivation for me. From when I first met the group shortly after I arrived in Europe, I’ve found all the partners to be kind, insightful and supportive.

If a fairy granted you a wish related to CaReWood, what would it be?

Unified and implemented European waste legislation and related databases to follow the materials.

Wood is a material with several advantages. What would make it better?

The onus is on us (scientists, researchers, industry members) to better communicate the advantages wood has, along with how to properly use the material and deal with it at the end of life of any given product to a wider audience.

Tell us about your education.

After a rather tumultuous first few years as an undergraduate at various universities in the US, I finished my bachelors in Management with a focus on strategic and operations management at Linfield College in Oregon, USA. I did my Master’s of Science at Oregon State University in Wood Science where I examined crack development in thin veneer overlays on decorative plywood panels (like kitchen cabinets).

Which person do you most admire?

I’m frequently amazed by so many people that I couldn’t possibly choose just one. I’m writing this as the NASA New Horizons space probe nears Pluto, so currently I most admire all the people who have worked, are working and will work on that amazing project. It’s astonishing!

What is your greatest extravagance?

Scotch and computers; maybe my board game collection.