A Portrait of the Technician
Our series re.searched presents researchers of the St. Pölten UAS. This time: Hirut Grossberger, researcher at the Carl Ritter von Ghega Institute for Integrated Mobility Research.
To me, curiosity means…
… the joy of wanting to know new things and discovering them.
I do research…
… to analyse problems and be able to actively overcome and solve them, to systematically combine new findings, establish connections and discover new possibilities, and to enable improvements through new insights.
In the next 20 years, our society will be characterised by…
… increasing urbanisation and “mega cities”. The population of the developing countries is expected to double. There will be much more integrated and intermodal transport. Smart communication is going to become the key infrastructure both in the cities and in urban areas.
About the person
Hirut Grossberger is a lecturer and researcher in the Department of Rail Technology and Mobility. Bridge construction and reinforced concrete construction in the railway sector are her area of expertise. The innovations developed by her include a method for the inspection of bridges using tablets and smart phones. Furthermore, she has imparted knowledge about the technology and construction of bridges to kindergarten and schoolchildren.
Hirut Grossberger studied irrigation engineering at Haramaya University in her native country of Ethiopia as well as land management, infrastructure and structural engineering at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) in Vienna. She used to work as an assistant at agricultural research centres in Ethiopia and at the Institute of Structural Engineering at the BOKU before coming to the St. Pölten UAS in 2014. She was awarded the Liese Prokop Women’s Prize in the category “Science and Technology” in 2017.