Conference Chair

Dr.-Ing. Harald Drück


Dr.-Ing. Harald Drück is a Mechanical Engineer who has been working at the Institute for Thermodynamics and Thermal Engineering (ITW), University of Stuttgart for more than 20 years. Since 1999 he is the head of the Research and Testing Centre for Solar Thermal Systems (TZS). His main research interests lie in the field of solar thermal technology focusing on advanced heating and cooling systems as well as thermal energy storage and the development of performance testing methods as well as energy efficient solar buildings. Harald Drück has authored or co-authored around 300 publications in the field of solar thermal energy and heat storage. He is convenor of several German and European working groups related to standardisation and testing of solar thermal systems and components such as the Solar Keymark Network, the Global Solar Certification Network and the Solar Certification Fund. With regard to education and knowledge transfer he globally acts as an advisor to several high-level organisations, is chairman or member of the scientific board of several conferences and workshops and teaches a highly successful post-graduate course on solar thermal energy at the University of Stuttgart. Furthermore he was one of the initiators of the German and European Solar Thermal Technology Platforms and is today a member of the steering committees of both platforms.
Besides his activities at the University he is the director of SWT – Solar- und Wärmetechnik Stuttgart. SWT is a spin-off company of ITW and acts as a service provider in the field of solar thermal energy, e.g. by manufacturing test facilities for solar thermal collectors and systems as well as by consulting activities

Current positions:

  • Head of “Research and Testing Centre for SolarThermal Systems”, ITW, University of Stuttgart, a test laboratory accredited according to ISO 17025.
  • Director of Solar- und Wärmetechnik Stuttgart (SWT).
  • Adjunct Professor of the Rajagiri School of Engineering & Technology (RSET)

Dr.-Ing. Varghese Panthalookaran


Dr.-Ing. Varghese Panthalookaran, Professor and Coordinator of Rajagiri Research and Consultancy Center (RRCC) at Rajagiri School of Engineering & Technology (RSET) has acquired doctoral degree in Mechanical Engineering (Dr.-Ing.) in 2007 from the University of Stuttgart, Germany, where he was also employed as research assistant. He holds a Master degree in Physics from Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT). Currently he is a recognized research adviser of Birla Institute of Technology (BIT), Mesra/India and is also reviewer for international journals and conferences. He has written three books in three languages. His drama book in Malayalam titled: “Buddhan Veendum Chirikkunnu” (translated: Buddha Laughs Again) has won him the Endowment Award of Kerala Sahitya Academy in 2000. He also have a German book "Die Lehre Jesu als Schluessel zur Lebensfreude" to his credit. He is member of professional bodies like American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and Indian Society of Technical Education (ISTE). A project on “Design and Fabrication Of Suitable Condenser for a new type Solar Still” fully funded by Department of Science and Technology, Government of India was successfully completed recently by the Energy Research Group RSET under his leadership.

Current positions:

  • Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department of Rajagiri School of Engineering & Technology (RSET).
  • Member of General Department Council for Education and Communication Media of the congregation of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI).