Mike Burnard

InnoRenew CoE & University of Primorska
Deputy director & research group leader, Human Health in the Built Environment; assist. prof.

Mike grew up in the forest sector in the Pacific Northwest of the US, first following his father and grandfather around the family sawmill and later working for the company, which became noted for its innovative products, marketing, and operations. He returned to academia in 2010 and completed a Master’s of Science degree in Wood Science at Oregon State University in 2012. In 2013, he came to Slovenia to pursue a PhD at the University of Primorska and work with Dr. Andreja Kutnar.
His research interests include human health in the built environment and interdisciplinary work connecting computer science, technology, data science, and renewable materials research.
Mike is the deputy director of the InnoRenew CoE and an assistant professor at the University of Primorska. He participates in several European projects that cover topics including healthy and active aging, the role of wood in the circular economy, educational (higher ed and vocational) development, and institutional development. He is the programme coordinator for the Data Science Master’s degree programme and teaches in the Sustainable Built Environments Master’s degree programme at the University of Primorska.