Our people


GHERG comprises a cohort of academic staff with extensive expertise in the field of geotechnical, hydrogeological and environmental engineering.

NameEmailLocation Phone +61 3
Professor Thomas Baumgartl
(PhD, University of Bayreuth, Germany)
Director, GHERG
Soil Physics and Soil Mechanics
t.baumgartl@federation.edu.au 4W-108 5122 6112

Nima Baghbani
(MSc Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran)
Senior Laboratory Manager




Adjunct and honorary staff

Our adjunct and honorary staff are external academics who maintain a relationship with GHERG and enrich our work.

NameEmailLocation Phone +61 3
Dr Mauricio Pinheiro
(PhD, University of Calgary, Canada)
Senior Geotechnical Engineer, Stantec (Burnaby, Canada)
mauricio.pinheiro@msn.com External  

HDR students

Our current higher degree research students are undertaking an exciting range of projects.

NameEmailLocation Phone +61 3
Sid Rastogisiddharthrastogi@students.federation.edu.au External  
Adrian Bonicaa.bonica@federation.edu.au4W-113 

Read about the completed projects by our HDR graduates.

Technical and administrative support

Our work is made possible by our technical and administrative support staff.

NameEmailLocation Phone +61 3
Jo Hoppner (Administrative Support) jo.hoppner@federation.edu.au 4W123 5122 8324

Visiting scholars and collaborators

Our work is greatly enriched by visiting scholars and those we collaborate with in industry, government and the community:

  • Franziska Bucka (Technical University Munich, Germany) (2019)
  • Tabea Klör (University of Marburg, Germany) (2019)
  • Zhiyong Liu, postgraduate student School of Engineering and IT, UNSW Canberra at ADFA (2019)
  • Aurelien Maurie, undergraduate student ENSEGID, France (2019)
  • Quentin Moreau, undergraduate student ENSEGID, France (2019)
  • Evelin Pihlap (Technical University Munich, Germany) (2019)