Hans Sünkel - Curriculum vitae#


Education / Professional Career:
  • 1968 – 1973 Study of Geodesy at Graz University of Technology (TU Graz), Austria
  • 1973 Graduation, Dipl.-Ing.
  • 1973 – 1978 University Assistant, Institute of Physical Geodesy, TU Graz
  • 1976 Promotion, Dr. of Technical Sciences (PhD), TU Graz
  • 1978 – 1979 Research Associate, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA
  • 1979 – 1981 Lecturer, Institute of Theoretical Geodesy, TU Graz
  • 1981 Habilitation in Numerical Geodesy, TU Graz
  • 1981 – 1983 Docent for Physical Geodesy, TU Graz
  • 1983 - Full Professor for Math. and Numerical Geodesy, Head of Department, TU Graz
  • 1985 Full Professor for Mathematical Geodesy at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany (appointment not accepted)
  • 1987 – 1998 Head of the Institute of Theoretical Geodesy, TU Graz
  • 1990 - Head of the Division for Satellite Geodesy, Space Research Institute, Austrian Academy of Sciences (AAS)
  • 1999 – 2000 Deputy Director of the Space Research Institute (AAS)
  • 2000 - Vice President (Research) of TU Graz
  • 2001 – 2004 Managing Director, Space Research Institute, AAS
  • 2002 Ohio Eminent Scholar for Geodynamics, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA (appointment not accepted)
  • 2005 - Research Director, Space Research Institute, AAS
  • 2003 – 2007 Rector, TU Graz
  • 2007 – 2011 Rector, TU Graz (re-elected)
  • 2010 - 2011 President, Universities Austria

Membership in Academies:
  • 1998 - Full member, Austrian Academy of Sciences
  • 2007 - Full Member, International Academy of Astronautics
  • 2007 - Full Member, Engineering Academy of Georgia

Other Leadership - Positions:
  • 1983 – 1987 Head, Special Study Group “Local Gravity Field Determination” of the International Asssociation of Geodesy (IAG)
  • 1991 – 1999 President, International Geoid Commission of IAG
  • 1993 – 1995 Head, National Committee for the Int. Geological Correlation Program
  • 1996 – 2000 Head, Austrian Geodetic Commission
  • 1996 – 1998 Head, Civil Engineering Faculty Committee, TU Graz
  • 2003 - Head, National Defense Commission of the Austrian Academy of Sciences

Guest Professor Positions:
  • 1983 National Bureau of Surveying and Mapping, Beijing, P.R. China
  • 1998 - 1999 Department of Geodetic Science and Surveying, Ohio State University, USA
  • 1992 Department of Geomatics Engineering, University of Calgary, Canada
  • 1998 Department of Geomatics Engineering, University of Calgary, Canada
  • 2002 Department of Geomatics Engineering, University of Calgary, Canada

Research and Scientific Management:
  • Research and Development in
    • Mathematical, numerical and statistical techniques in Geodesy
    • Satellite based gravity field determination
    • Geodynamics
  • Numerous national and international Research & Development Projects of
    • European Space Agency
    • European Commission
    • Austrian Academy of Sciences, etc.
  • Prime contractor of several research projects related to the satellite mission GOCE of the European Space Agency
  • Organizer and scientific manager of numerous national and international Symposia and Summer Schools
  • Chief organizer of the XX. General Assembly of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics, Vienna 1991 (5000 participants from 100 nations)

Other Past and Present Memberships:
  • European Space Science Committee
  • ESA Advisory Board for the Satellite Mission GOCE
  • Committee of Space Research
  • Governing Council of the European Science Foundation
  • Executive Committee of the International Association of Geodesy
  • Several Special Study Groups of the International Association of Geodesy
  • Advisory Board of Acta Geodaetica et Geophysica Hungarica
  • German Geodetic Commission
  • Austrian Geodetic Commission
  • National Committee for the Int. Decade of Natural Desaster Reduction Program of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics
  • National Committee for Geodesy and Geophysics
  • National Committee for Alps Research
  • National Defense Commission
  • National Commission for the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
  • National Committee fort the Institute of Science and Technology - Austria

Publications and Presentations:
  • 150+ scientific publications
  • 270+ scientific presentations in 30 countries

Honours and Awards:
  • 1985 W.A. Heiskanen – Award, USA
  • 1991 Fellow of the International Association of Geodesy, France
  • 1992 Grand Medal for Distinguished Services for the Republic of Austria, Austria
  • 1998 Distinguished International Research Fellow, Canada
  • 2001 Honorary citizen of Rottenmann (home town), Austria
  • 2003 Wilhelm-Exner-Medal for Outstanding Science & Application, Austria
  • 2006 UPV Prize for Outstanding University Organisation, Austria
  • 2006 Int. Association of Astronomy: Planetoid 2992 RY named after “Sünkel”
  • 2010 Grand Josef Krainer Prize, Austria
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