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Professional portfolio of Gabriel C Rau

Hello, I'm Gabriel ...

... a PhD qualified geo-environmental scientist and engineer with advanced expertise in hydrogeoscience. I love to get my hands dirty in the lab and field in order to make real-world measurements and observations. My passion lies in designing specialist field and laboratory experiments, acquiring, compiling and interpreting geoscience information using advanced data science tools provided through the Python programming language. My work aims to improve fundamental process understanding and to develop methods for the quantification of subsurface processes and properties. This includes water flows across the surface/subsoil boundary and the impact of underground resource extraction. Understanding and quantifying such processes must underpin sustainable management of Earth's resources. I believe in the power of collaboration and lead projects across countries and disciplines.

Currently, I am appointed as an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Applied Geosciences, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Due to my past appointments, I have strong links with the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CVEN) at University of New South Wales (UNSW) and with Australia’s National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training (NCGRT).

Profiles

Employment

July 2018 - present: Assistant Professor
Institute of Applied Geosciences, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Karlsruhe, Germany
Faculty position
Dec 2016 - April 2018: Lecturer
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UNSW Sydney, Australia
Faculty position
Dec 2014 - Nov 2016: Associate Lecturer
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UNSW Sydney, Australia
Faculty position
Dec 2011 - Nov 2014: Postdoctoral Research Associate
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UNSW Sydney, Australia
Funded by the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training, Australia
Dec 2008 - Nov 2011: Research Associate
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UNSW Sydney, Australia
Funded by the Australian Government's National Water Commission and the National Program for Sustainable Irrigation

Awards and Honours

2021: Hermann-Credner Prize
Deutsche Geologische Gesellschaft - Geologische Vereinigung (DGGV), Berlin
English: German Geological Society
June 2021 - September 2021: Visiting Fellow
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UNSW Sydney, Australia
May 2019 - April 2021: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow
Funded by the European Commission's Horizon 2020 program
May 2018 - April 2021: Visiting Fellow
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UNSW Sydney, Australia
2013: Finalist, Malcolm Chaikin Prize for Research Excellence
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UNSW Sydney
2012: Outstanding Student Paper Award
American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting 2011
2011: Team finalist, National Water Commission Professor Peter Cullen Eureka Prize for Water Research and Innovation
Team: Prof. I. Acworth, A/Prof. B Kelly, Dr. M Andersen, A McCallum, A Greve and G C Rau
2009: Student Conference Sponsorship Award
International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH), NSW Chapter, Australia

Certificates

Oct 2019: Leadership Excellence Foundations
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany
Three-day seminar about leadership models, effective coaching and conflict resolution
Sept 2019: The Art of Natural Presentation
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany
Three-day practical workshop aiming to improve communication skills by using natural body language
Nov 2016: Higher Degree Research Supervision Essentials
Faculty of Engineering, UNSW Sydney, Australia
Taining required for the supervision of PhD/MPhil research candidates at UNSW
Oct 2016: Foundations of University Learning and Teaching
Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor Education, UNSW Sydney, Australia
Teaching practise development by exploring a range of perspectives, ideas, theories, and practical approaches to learning and teaching in the higher education context
Nov 2013: Solute and Reactive Transport Modelling
National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training, Australia

Education

2009 - 2012: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UNSW Sydney, Australia
Thesis: Experimental Analysis of Heat as a Tracer for the Quantfication of Thermal Dispersion and Water Flow in Sand
2002 - 2008: Diplom-Ingenieur (Dipl.-Ing.) Umweltschutztechnik
University of Stuttgart, Germany
Thesis: The Use of Natural Heat as a Tracer to Quantify Groundwater Surface Water Interactions: Maules Creek, New South Wales, Australia
This degree is comparable to a Master in Environmental Engineering Science
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