PhD Student at RWTH Aachen University

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Center for the Built Environment
390 Wurster Hall #1839, Berkeley CA 94720-1839

After studies in Vienna and Zurich, Thomas received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the Technical University in Vienna, Austria. For his PhD studies, he joined the Institute of Automotive Engineering (ika) at RWTH Aachen University, Germany. Thomas’ research focuses on the thermal management of vehicles, where he investigates novel, energy-efficient climatization approaches to enhance comfort in cars. His research interests include personal comfort systems (PCS), thermal comfort simulation and radiation heating.

Thomas is working with CBE on thermal comfort research and particularly on personal comfort systems (PCS). While single personal comfort systems (e.g., heated seats) have a longer tradition in cars, holistic PCS concepts are a current frontier of research. The similar overall objectives, prominently human thermal comfort and energy efficiency, makes the interdisciplinary exchange between building and mobility research a particularly interesting field.