During the April meeting of the ForWind Board, Prof. Dr. sc. ETH Elyas Ghafoori was accepted as a new member of ForWind. Ghafoori has taken over the leadership of the Institute of Steel Construction at Leibniz Universität Hannover in September 2022 from Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Schaumann, who was one of the co-founders of ForWind twenty years ago. At LUH, Elyas Ghafoori holds the Professorship for Steel, Composite and Lightweight Construction.
His research focuses on steel structures for wind energy (e.g. offshore wind turbines) and robotic design/manufacturing. For Elyas Ghafoori, the main focus is on finding new approaches for sustainability in steel construction in order to contribute to the goals of EU-wide climate neutrality by 2050. In view of the growing global demand for steel, such approaches are becoming increasingly important. Among other things, this includes extending the life cycle of structures such as wind turbines through repair and new types of materials.
Before coming to LUH, Elyas Ghafoori was head of the Sustainable Metallic Structures (SUMS) group at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research (Empa) and also a lecturer at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich). Elyas Ghafoori received his master's degree in mechanical engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL). In 2015, he completed his PhD in Civil Engineering at ETH Zurich, which was awarded the ETH medal (summa cum laude).
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