Executive Committee


Viktor Dorer, Empa

Viktor Dorer has a long record in building energy and ventilation research, acting as project leader and/or principal investigator in many national and international research projects (IEA, EU). Research focused on innovative building energy systems such as integrated cogeneration systems, thermo-active building and passive cooling systems, as well as on the numerical and experimental modelling of urban climate and urban microclimate and related impacts on energy demand and comfort in buildings. Actual research focuses on innovative decentralized urban energy systems with multi-energy grids and energy hubs, integration of local renewable energy systems, storage technologies, and the advancement of related numerical modelling techniques. Since January 2015 he is Head of the Urban Energy System Laboratory. He also lectures at the ETH Zurich and the University of Applied Science Lucerne.

Prof. Dr. Ludger Fischer, Deputy SCCER FEEB&D, HSLU

Prof. Dr. Ludger Josef Fischer (*1965) graduated in Mechanical and Process Engineering at RWTH Aachen. After his PhD at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) he joined the Company Kühni AG in Switzerland as head of R&D and later head of sales. He signed responsible for the company Ekato Unimix as managing director and had several leading positions within the AC Serendip group in Switzerland, Germany and China.
During his industrial career Dr. Fischer invented several new technologies and processes within the field of thermal separation, mixing and dispersing, medical devices and nanotechnology. In combination with his inventions several patents were granted. Since 2014 he is working as full-time lecturer within the Institute of Mechanical Engineering and Energy (IME), within the Competence Center for Thermal Energy Storage (TES).

Dr. Christoph Imboden, HSLU

Christoph Imboden is lecturer for product innovation at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences HSLU since 2012. He is engaged in several research projects focusing on power economy. Christoph Imboden studied electrical engineering at the ETH Zurich and received a doctorate in 1995. He received an executive MBA at the University of Zurich in 2006. He looks back to more than twenty years of industrial experience in different application areas of the energy, communication and information technologies. Among others he held positions of R&D director and Product Management director.

Dr. Christof Knoeri, ETHZ

Christof Knoeri is a senior researcher in the Group for Sustainability and Technology (SusTec) at the Department of Management, Technology and Economics of ETH Zurich. He holds a PhD in Geography from University of Zurich in the area of sustainable construction management and an MSc in Environmental Science from ETH Zurich. He is currently a work package leader in SCCER FEEB&D and has been involved in various national and international research projects. In his research he studies the complex interplay or co-evolution of technologies, business strategies, user practices, ecosystems, and institutional settings. A focus is on how emerging technologies contribute to sustainable transitions in socio-technical systems. He works with a range of quantitative and qualitative research methods with a particular focus on socio-technical modelling techniques such as agent-based modelling. In his recent research he addressed the adoption of new technologies and value propositions in the built environment and energy sector.

Dr. Nahid Mohajeri, EPFL

Nahid Mohajeri is research associate and lecturer at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), Solar Energy and Building Physics Laboratory since September 2013. She obtained a PhD from University College London in 2013 focusing on developing innovative methods and tools for analysing urban forms and relates those to sustainability using, in particular, relevant principles from thermodynamics and statistical mechanics/information theory. Her main research interests are multi-disciplinary and include the following: (i) urban form and sustainable energy resources, (ii) sustainable urban development, (iii) urban modelling, visualization, and GIS data analysis, (iv) data-driven spatial planning, (v) big data and energy in built environment

Dr. Kristina Orehounig, ETHZ

Kristina Orehounig is senior researcher at the Chair of Building Physics at ETH Zurich and group leader in the Urban energy systems laboratory at Empa. She holds a master degree in Architecture and a PhD in the area of Building Performance Simulation from Vienna University of Technology, Austria. Her research interests include the development of sustainable concepts in building design and operation, the integration of renewable energy systems, and the modelling and optimization of building and urban energy systems. She has been involved in a number of national and international research projects, and is currently work package leader in the SCCER FEEB&D. She is also responsible for the Master’s program in “Integrated Building Systems” at ETH Zurich.

Prof. Dr. Martin Patel, Deputy SCCER FEEB&D, UNIGE

Dr. Martin K. Patel is full professor at the University of Geneva where he holds the Chair for Energy Efficiency since September 2013. His research deals with energy savings and emission reduction in industry, the built environment and at the interface between energy supply and energy demand. This includes the environmental and the economic assessment of technologies, processes, products and services as well as the evaluation of policy programmes. Next to energy efficiency, bio-based products represent a particular focal area of his work. The research methods applied include techno-economic modelling (simulation), Life Cycle Assessment, economic assessment (micro & macro) and policy analysis.

Prof. Dr. Jean-Louis Scartezzini, EPFL

Jean-Louis Scartezzini is director of the Solar Energy and Building Physics Laboratory (LESO-PB) of the EPFL and Professor in Building Physics. His scientific research is dedicated to sustainability in the built environment, with a special focus on advanced daylighting systems and green lighting. He is the author of more than 200 scientific publications and member of several federal commissions and international work groups as well as associate editor of Solar Energy Journal and the International Journal of Building Physics.

Prof. Dr. Roy Smith, ETHZ

Roy S. Smith  joined the Automatic Control Laboratory, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland, in 2011, where he is currently a Professor.  He has been a long-time Consultant with the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and has industrial experience in automotive control and power system design.  His research is focused on the modeling, identification, and control of uncertain systems primarily using optimisation-based methods.  Particular control application domains of interest include chemical processes, flexible structure vibration, cooperative spacecraft and vehicle formations, aerodynamic control of kites, automotive engines, Mars aeromanoeuvring entry design, energy management in buildings, and thermoacoustic machines.  Prof. Smith is also an Associate Fellow of the AIAA and a member of the SIAM, AACZ, and NZAC.

Prof. Matthias Sulzer, Head SCCER FEEB&D, Empa

Matthias Sulzer studied building engineering at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and completed his master’s degree at the Universities of New South Wales and Sydney in 1999. From 2003 to 2017, he was lecturer and professor for Energy and Building Technology at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences. Matthias Sulzer founded Inretis Holding AG with three partners in 2005, which today employs around 650 people in the area of energy & building technology throughout Switzerland. In early 2017, he joined Empa and took over the management of the Swiss Competence Center for Energy Research – Future Energy Efficient Buildings & Districts (SCCER-FEEBD). With lectureships at ETH Zurich and Lucerne University of Applied Sciences, he conveys his knowledge and research findings to students.

Prof. Dr. Sabine Sulzer, KTT officer SCCER FEEB&D, HSLU

Sabine Sulzer has been working in industry for more than 10 years, where she introduced and lead the global innovation management at Sulzer Pumps in Winterthur, Switzerland. Since 2012 she is Professor at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts there she teaches „Sustainable Energy Systems“. Her research interests are dedicated to the development of new solutions to overcome the diffusion gap in the context of the energy transition (specifically she focuses on business model innovation and the consideration of multiple benefits). Sabine Sulzer studied rural engineering at the ETH in Zurich. From 1998 to 2001 she was research assistant at the ETH in Zurich and made a PhD in computational fluid dynamics (inverse modeling to estimate flood discharge in rivers).