Alumni success stories

The Master in Hydrogeology and Engineering Geology is designed to equip students with the tools needed for a successful career in hydrogeology, whether in the private sector, government, or academia.

We offer a core curriculum of required courses and field trips that allow our graduates to claim the title of hydrogeologist.

Dr. Matthias Alte

Matthias performed his studies at TUM in the late 1990 and initially focused on special heavy construction and tunneling. He received a diploma in hydro- and engineering geology (former Dipl.-Geol. aka M.Sc) in 2001. After a short break he joined the hydrogeology and hydrochemistry group of Dr. Thomas Baumann and finished his doctoral studies (PhD) in 2005 in applied contaminated site survey and groundwater remediation techniques.

Today Matthias is managing director of a technical consultants bureau for expert services in environmental issues and still supports TUM Hydrogeology as a member of the advisory board (Freundeskreis – circle of friends).

Matthias told us:

“From the very beginning the academic studies of applied geology at TUM fitted my interests and turned out to be the right decision in working life. Especially the direct contacts to lecturers, professors, staff and fellow students in very small groups as well as the broad varieties of areas of research gave me the chance to refine my personal focus just as to learn about adjacent special fields. Today as an environmental consultant at BASE TECHNOLOGIES I frequently resort to basic knowledge, special expertise and comprehensive, interdisciplinary know-how attained at TUM so I am grateful for the opportunities my studies at TUM provided for me.”

Patrick Kotyla

Patrick has studied Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology (M.Sc.) at TUM with focus on hydrogeology and hydrochemistry.


We met him to tell us about his path to success:

The studies gained me practical experience in hydrogeological field work and in groundwater modelling. This experience is important for my current position at the Department of Health and Environment of the City of Munich (RGU). There I head the groundwater group and I am responsible for the groundwater monitoring network of the RGU. The studies at the Chair of Hydrogeology have extremely supported my career in Hydrogeology. A great experience of studying at TUM was the teamwork between the students, tutors and the staff. I think, beside the expertise in Hydrogeology, this really prepares you well for the future because you're probably going to work in a team.

Lisa Wild

Lisa did her Master in Hydrogeology (M.Sc.) at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland and was part of the TUM-Chair of Hydrogeology-Team from November 2015 until June 2019. She performed her PhD thesis with focus on the assessing of denitrification processes using environmental isotopes and probabilistic modeling.


We asked Lisa before she left our institute:

“During my doctoral studies at the Chair of Hydrogeology (TUM), I gained lots of experience in organizing and conducting field/laboratory work. Moreover, analytical and probabilistic modeling linked with environmental isotopes was a large part of my PhD thesis, which I really enjoyed next to the field/lab work. This interdisciplinary field qualified me for my upcoming job as technical product manager at one of the leading companies for water analytics, WTW (Xylem Analytics). “