Stefan Felder is a Senior Lecturer in hydraulic engineering and applied fluid mechanics at the Water Research Laboratory. He holds a Dipl.-Ing. from RWTH Aachen University, Germany and a PhD from the University of Queensland for which he was awarded the Dean’s award for Research Higher Degree Excellence. He joined UNSW in 2014, having established and leading the hydraulic engineering research group conducting high-level fundamental and applied research in WRL’s large-scale experimental facilities.
Stefan explores advanced experimental methods in the laboratory and at full-scale, to resolve applied and fundamental research challenges in hydraulic engineering. This includes air-water flow phenomena and optimisation of water engineering infrastructure for flow conveyance, fish passage and environmental flows.
He has successfully graduated two PhD students to completion and currently supervises four further PhD students. He has a strong track record of publishing in high-ranking journals comprising more than 31 journal papers and more than 42 peer-reviewed conference papers. Stefan has been a chief investigator in several fundamental and applied research grants, and is a member of the leadership team of the IAHR hydraulics structures committee and a member in Engineers Australia's Sydney Water Panel. Stefan has also been a member of the organisation and scientific committees of several national and international conferences including the IAHR World Congress and the Hydraulics in Water Engineering conferences of Engineers Australia.
Within UNSW’s School of Civil and Environmental Engineering he is the primary lecturer of the fluid mechanics and hydraulic engineering courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.