Ph.D. in Hydraulic Engineering, School of Civil Engineering, The University of Queensland, Australia; 2013
Dipl.-Ing. in Civil Engineering (Specialisation in Environmental Technology), RWTH Aachen University, Germany; 2008
I am a Senior Lecturer in hydraulic engineering and applied fluid mechanics in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. I hold a Dipl.-Ing. from RWTH Aachen University, Germany and a PhD in Hydraulic Engineering from the University of Queensland. I joined UNSW in 2014 and established the hydraulic engineering research group at the UNSW Water Research Laboratory. I explore advanced experimental methods in the laboratory and at full-scale to resolve applied and fundamental research challenges in hydraulic engineering including air-water flow phenomena, optimisation of water engineering infrastructure for flow conveyance, fish passage and environmental flows.
I have successfully graduated two PhD students to completion and supervise currently four further PhD students. I have a strong track record of publishing in high-ranking journals comprising more than 30 journal papers and more than 40 peer-reviewed conference papers. I have been a chief investigator in a number of fundamental and applied research grants totaling more than $2.2M. I am a member of the leadership team of the IAHR hydraulics structures committee and a member in Engineers Australia's Sydney Water Panel. I have been member of the organization and scientific committees of a number of national and international conferences including the IAHR World Congress and the Hydraulics in Water Engineering conferences of Engineers Australia.
JD Lawson Scholarship, National Committee on Water Engineering, Engineers Australia, 2017
University of Queensland Dean’s Award for Research Higher Degree Excellence for Ph.D. thesis, 2013
Travel Grant of DTK (German Committee on Large Dams) - Award for Dipl.-Ing. thesis, 2008
I am Chief Investigator on numerous research grants totalling more than $2.2M since joining UNSW. My research income includes:
• 2019-2020: Scale matters – providing the missing validation of air-water flow research, Swiss National Science Foundation (Switzerland), SPARK Grant, 62K CHF.
• 2018-2020: Pump Fishway Project: Phase 2 - Fish transfer. NSW Department of Industry / Recreational Fishing Trust. $89K.
• 2019-2020: Scrivener Dam physical Modelling of Spillway and Energy Dissipator. $453K.
• 2018-2019: Lake Macdonald 3D Physical Model of Spillway and Fishway. $380K.
• 2017-2018: Somerset Dam: Physical Hydraulic Model of Spillway and Energy Dissipator. $630K.
• 2017: Physical Modelling of Breakwater Stability under Propeller Wash. $142K.
• 2016-2017. Amrun Dam Project - Physical Modelling of Spillway and Fishway. $424K.