Dr. Bjarne Olesen


Dr. Bjarne Olesen, MSc.
Director, Professor, International Centre for Indoor Environment and Energy Technical University of Denmark

Dr. Bjarne W. Olesen obtained an MS in Civil Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark in 1972, and a Ph.D. at the Laboratory of Heating and Air Conditioning, Technical University of Denmark in 1975. In 1982, he received the Ralph G. Nevins Physiology and Human Environment Award, and in 1997, the Distinguish Service Award from ASHRAE. In 1997, he received the ANSI Meritorious Service Award from American National Standard Institute. In 2001 he became an ASHRAE Fellow. In 2000 he was appointed as member of the international faculty and adjunct professor at the Technical University of Denmark. Dr. Olesen was employed as a research scientist at the Laboratory of Heating and Air Conditioning, Technical University of Denmark, from 1972-90. He performed research on the influence of the thermal environment on human beings (floor temperatures, draught, vertical air temperature differences, radiant temperature asymmetry, spot cooling, thermal insulation of clothing, measurements of the thermal environment). In 1978-1992, he worked part time as product manager at Brel & Kjaer in planning, development and marketing of instruments for measuring and evaluation of the thermal environment, indoor air quality and the performance of the ventilation system (tracer gas measurements). In 1992-1993, he was Senior Research Scientist, Indoor Environment Program, College of Architecture and Urban Studies, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA. He performed research on indoor air quality and ventilation in buildings, laboratory testing of displacement ventilation system, teaching in calculation of heating and cooling loads, design criteria for the indoor environment and HVAC systems in buildings.
Dr. Olesen is chairing or serves as a member of several ISO, CEN, ASHRAE and DIN standards committees related to thermal environment, indoor-air quality, ventilation and heating and cooling systems in buildings. He has published approximately 240 papers.

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