People Behind the Project – 03/16: Gabriel Praxmarer

What do Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi and Albert Einstein have in common? Find out in this month’s people behind the project-interview with Gabriel Praxmarer from BOKU, Austria.

praxmarerWhat is your task in the project?

Coordination & Administration of the national project. Research and Review, accompanying all project partners.

What motivates you to work on the project?

It’s a future-oriented topic.

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

I would wish for CaReWood that it can gain results, which lead to a change in the life cycle of wood.

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

The advantages are always connected to the use of a material. We have to improve the use than we make the material better.

Tell us about your education.

Forwarding/logistic’s manger, Bachelor in Engineering Environmental & Biotechnology (B.Sc. MCI), about to finish the Master degree in “Material and Energetic Exploitation of Renewable Raw Materials”.

Which person do you most admire?

I look up to person like Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi as most admired persons. They gave a big share of their life for a better living for us all. I am inspired by Leonardo da Vinci, Adam Smith and Albert Einstein. They were just brilliant.

What is your greatest extravagance?

The liberty I own.

People Behind the Project – 01/16: Boris Horvat

After a short break of this series, we restart this year with Boris Horvat from Abelium.

boris horvatWhat is your task in the project?

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

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. Self educated in entrepreneurship, lean innovation etc.

Which person do you most admire?

Entrepreneurship: Steve Jobs, ex CEO of Apple.

Humanity: Jorge Mario Bergoglio, pope Francis.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Building world class innovative products, changing the world.

 

People Behind the Project – 07/15: Erwin Salzger

This month, one of our Master students from BOKU, Austria, answers our questionnaire.

ErwinSalzgerWhat is your task in the project?

I am writing a “Design for Disassembly” guideline, which should help designers and developers of wood windows making their products easier to reuse and recycle. The guideline contains ideas and approaches how to improve products to prevent fast downcycling, as the wood used for windows is of very high quality.

What motivates you to work on the project?

Problems with waste, energy and resources are some of the big challenges of our time. I think that a cascading use is very intelligent, and it has a high potential to combat these problems. To implement the theory into economy and to make it profitable is the important step to really change something.

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

That the outcomes and results of our work will find their way into practice and economy.

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

If it could be (heat) formed without destroying the structure.

Tell us about your education.

After secondary school I attended a technical school for business management and wood industry for five years in Kuchl. Then I came to Vienna to study “Wood Technology” at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, where I am currently at the end of my master.

Which person do you most admire?

Reinhard Mey

What is your greatest extravagance?

My impatience… :-)

People Behind the Project – 06/15: Aleš Ugovšek

This month, our portrayed person works at MSora in Slovenia and created the first window made of recovered timber.

UgovsekWhat is your task in the project?

Coordinator of activities in partner company M SORA d.d. especially on the topic of recovery of wood from old timber windows.

What motivates you to work on the project?

Finding new approaches to recover wood and good potential to develop new products and processes from timber windows after the end of their life cycle. Strong motivation is also to meet new people and to expand our network at the field of R&D of company.

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

To develop and implement technology processes to recover wood from old windows and use it in new and innovative products.

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

Wood as a pure material in original form can´t be much better but we can keep it in better shape if we use it properly with proper materials and construction solutions.

Tell us about your education.

I am an engineer of wood science and technology. I finished PhD at University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical faculty on the field of liquefied wood and wood bonding. Recently I am employed at company M SORA as a project manager as a part of R&D department.

Which person do you most admire?

Nobody specifically… I admire people with high level of social and working skills, good family life, great feeling for other people and wisdom with which they are making world better and creating new opportunities for themselves and other people.

What is your greatest extravagance?

I can´t think of any true extravagance but I have love to sport climbing which is in last period of my life put on side, but I will for sure fall back in love with it :-)

New Online Series – People Behind the Project – 05/15: Klaus Richter

From today on, we will present ourselves to the readers in a new series “People Behind the Project” with one person working on the project. Each month a new research member from CaReWood presents him- or herself in a short questionnaire.

Our project coordinator, Klaus Richter from TUM, goes first:

RichterWhat is your task in the project?

Initiator of the proposal and project coordinator.

What motivates you to work on the project?

The topic – the vision – the challenge – the team.

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

An offer of the commission for continuing funding of cascading research.

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

Biocompatible technologies to control bio-deterioration, wood-moisture interactions and combustion.

Tell us about your education.

I graduated in Wood science, Wood technology and Wood economy at the University of Hamburg (Diplom-Holzwirt), and got a PhD (Dr rer. nat.) for my research on tree-ring and climate interaction of Spanish pine trees.

Which person do you most admire?

Dr. Martin Luther King for his vision, his persuasive power, his straightness.

What is your greatest extravagance?

? Do I have any? Maybe this: I keep a diary since I´m sixteen: I´m an outmoded blogger :-)