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New ITT staff members
Dr. Ramchandra Bhandari will start his job as a professor for “Renewable Energy Systems” at ITT on 01.03.2013. Dr. Bhandari, born in 1979 in Nepal, obtained his Bachelor’s degree in “Mechanical Engineering” from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. He further received his Master’s degree in “Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics (field: renewable energies) from ITT. His master thesis was awarded with the “Förderpreis of the VDI” (German Engineers Association). Dr. Bhandari wrote his dissertation at the University of Kassel on topic „Role of Grids for Electricity and Water Supply with Decreasing Costs for Photovoltaics”. Afterwards he was working at the Centre for Renewable Energy of the University of Freiburg (Lecturer in the study program: Renewable Energy Management). During the course of his studies and professional works, he has had several longer abroad stays (e.g. in Thailand, Indonesia, Afghanistan). Currently, Dr. Bhandari is working at the Institute for Energy and Climate Research of the Research Centre Jülich. He already holds a decade long experiences in renewable energy sector.
Dr. Nadir Elagib joined the ITT starting from 1 November 2011 as a Research Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt upon the Georg Forster Fellowship for Experienced Researchers until 30 April 2013. He is originally from Sudan, a B.Sc. and an M.Sc. in Civil Engineering from University of Bahrain and a Ph.D. from University of Paisley (currently University of the West of Scotland), UK, based on a research on “The Effect of climate change on Evapotranspiration in Sudan”. His research at ITT is focusing on “Crop Yield Modelling and Forecasting for Early Warning in Sahelian Sudan”. His major research interests so far have related to arid and extremely arid environments, such as Sudan and Bahrain, lying on the fields of contemporary climate change and variability, drought and aridity. Prior to joining the ITT, he worked as Assistant Professor at Sudan University of Science and Technology and University of Bahrain, teaching Engineering Hydrology and Hydraulics courses.
After obtaining the M.A. Degree (in German and in Philosophy) at the University of Bonn in 2002, Hanna Königshofen worked for six years at the International Office of the University of Bonn. Her job activities there included counseling and supporting international students, organization of language courses and DAAD-founded support programs. She completed her studies in German-as-a-foreign-language and worked as a German teacher for international students in Bonn. In 2010, after parental leave, she started to work as teacher for German-as-a-foreign-language at the University of Cologne and as teacher and lecturer for German Grammar and Cultural Studies at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences. Since September 2012, Hanna Königshofen has worked in the CNRD project, and is responsible for administration.
Professor Dr. rer. nat. Junun Sartohadi’s stay as guest professor at the ITT ended in September 2012. We wish him all the best for the future and hope to maintain a good and fruitful cooperation with him and Gadjah Mada University.