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academic portfolio of Gabriel C Rau

Hello, I'm Gabriel,

... a PhD qualified environmental engineer with advanced expertise in physical and chemical 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 combining field or laboratory experiments with analytical or numerical modelling and data science using the Python programming language. My research aims to improve fundamental process understanding and to develop methods for the quantification of processes and properties in groundwater systems. This includes water fluxes across the boundary between surface and subsurface. Understanding and quantifying such processes must underpin more sustainable management of subsurface resources.

Currently, I work as an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Applied Geosciences, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. I am also affiliated as a Visiting Fellow at UNSW's School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the Connected Waters Initiative, UNSW's multi-disciplinary and cross-faculty groundwater research centre, as well as Australia’s National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training.

Profiles

Experience

May 2019 - present: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow
Department of Engineering Geology, Institute of Applied Geosciences, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany
Funded by the European Commission's Horizon 2020 program
May 2018 - present: Visiting Research Fellow
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UNSW Sydney, Australia
In recognition of my UNSW track record
July 2018 - April 2019: Assistant Professor
Department of Engineering Geology, Institute of Applied Geosciences, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, 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

2019: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship
European Commission
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 (academic) leadership models, effective coaching and conflict resolution
Sept 2019: The Art of Natural Presentation
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany
Two-day practical workshop about natural presentation by considering the effects of body posture, gestures and voice
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 practice 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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