Dr. Pierre Mertiny, Professor, is the Director of the Research Group. His research and development work has included a variety industrial collaborations, and consulting and technical service activities, primarily in the field of polymer and polymer composite materials and structures for conventional and renewable energy sector applications. He has been invited on several occasions as a Visiting Professor to the Technische University Munich (Germany). In addition to R&D, Dr. Mertiny is dedicated to excellence in teaching, especially in the areas of solid mechanics and engineering design. In this context he received the SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award, a McCalla Professorship as well as a Vargo Teaching Chair by the University of Alberta, and the Summit Award for Excellence in Education by the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).