SCANVAC members gathered virtually to annual meeting on May 18th. Professor Olli Seppänen, whom steered SCANVAC as president for four years had informed that he will resign. Professor Risto Kosonen was proposed and unanimously elected as new president of SCANVAC.
Professor Kosonen is born 1960. He has a degree of Doctor of Science in HVAC from Helsinki University of Technology (HUT).
Kosonen has a professorship at Aalto university in the area of HVAC technology with focus on indoor climate, high performing building services and as well as energy efficiency in buildings. Before the professorship he worked for over 20 years in industry with business development, research and development of HVAC- systems and services. Prof. Kosonen has gained leadership experience from several research projects with industry, including cooperation with international universities. He is the author of over 300 international publications, 13 books and owns nine European patents (EPO) of indoor climate and energy systems.
Prof. Kosonen is the president of Indoor Climate Association in Finland, vice chairman of The HVAC Association of Finland, SuLVI and board member of FINVAC, IBPSA Nordic and AIVC. He has also received REHVA Professional Award of Technology, SCANVAC Rydberg Gold Medal and Russia Master-builder-engineering award.
Prof. Kosonen is a popular invited lecturer in foreign universities. He is distinguished professor of Nanjing Tech university and visiting professor of Chongqing university and Xian Architectural and Technology university in China.
Prof. Kosonen looks very much forward to steering SCANVAC the coming years.