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DTU professor to head global engineering society

Wednesday 13 Sep 17

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Professor Bjarne W. Olesen from DTU Civil Engineering has been elected president of ASHRAE, a global society working for the advancement of engineering in the fields of indoor climate, heating, refrigeration, and ventilation. The appointment is a unique opportunity to strengthen international research partnerships in these fields.

Professor Bjarne W. Olesen from DTU Civil Engineering has been elected as president of ASHRAE, an international society headquartered in Atlanta, USA.

The term of the appointment is one year from July 2017.

ASHRAE is the world’s largest society for the advancement of engineering in the fields of indoor climate, heating, refrigeration, and ventilation. The society has approximately 57,000 members in more than 130 countries.

Global community must be developed

As president, Bjarne W. Olesen will focus on expanding the global community within ASHRAE’s area of expertise, broadening the organization’s technological horizons, and increasing its value for members.
“All major companies have an international presence and reach many countries. Consultants, engineers, and architects have worldwide projects. So, ASHRAE needs to have a stronger global presence to better serve our members,” said Bjarne W. Olesen in his inauguration speech, which was held in the US city Long Beach.

Strengthening international cooperation

It is only the second time that a person outside North America is appointed president of ASHRAE. Having a DTU employee head the organization is a unique opportunity to strengthen international cooperation and research into indoor climate and building physics. This is the view held by Professor Geo Clausen, Head of Section of Indoor Climate and Buildings Physics at DTU Civil Engineering.

“I’m proud that Bjarne W. Olesen has been appointed to his honourable position. It is an acknowledgement of the work which he has so far contributed to his particular field of research. The appointment is also a chance to strengthen DTU’s cooperation with international research colleagues, authorities, and businesses around the world,” says Geo Clausen.

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