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Curriculum Vitæ - Mike Schwank

Name: Mike Schwank
Date of birth: September 11, 1966
Birth place: Zurich, Switzerland
Nationality: Swiss
Profession: electrical engineer, physicist, Ph.D.
Responsibility within Gamma: Senior Project Scientist

 

Key Qualifications
The main experience of Mike Schwank is passive microwave remote sensing in application to the state of terrestrial land-surfaces (soil-moisture, vegetation, snow,…). His research involves practical and theoretical aspects of microwave radiometry, such as radiative transfer modeling, and planning, executing, and analyzing ground based radiometer campaigns. In addition to his research at Gamma Remote Sensing Research and Consulting Ltd. he is also with the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL), Birmensdorf, Switzerland.

Professional Education
1999: Ph.D. in the field of nano-technology at the Swiss Federal Institute for material science and technology (EMPA), Dübendorf, Switzerland
1995: Diploma thesis in physics (particle and astrophysics) at the Swiss Institute of Technology (ETH), Zürich, Switzerland
1989: Electrical engineering studies at the advanced technical college (ZHW), Winterthur


Employment Record
2012- date: Research scientist at GAMMA Remote Sensing Research and Consulting Ltd., Gümligen, Switzerland. Topics: passive microwave remote sensing.
2013-date: Senior scientist at the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL), Birmensdorf, Switzerland. Topics: Applications of microwaves for environmental monitoring.
2010-2012: Senior scientist and coordinator at the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Potsdam, Germany. Topics: Coordination of the TERENO observatory North-East Germany; remote sensing of environment and critical zone research; IR-spectroscopy and geo-electrical methods.
2007 – 2010: Senior scientist at the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL), Birmensdorf, Switzerland. Topics: Passive microwave remote sensing in application to soil moisture; effect of topography on passive microwave signatures.
2003 – 2007: Senior scientist at the Swiss Institute of Technology (ETH) Zürich, Switzerland, department for Terrestrial Ecosystems (ITES). Topics: Passive microwave remote sensing in application to soil moisture; impact of vegetation and roughness on passive microwave signatures.
2001 – 2003: Designing engineer at the Swiss Center for Electronic and Microtechnology (CSEM), Zürich, Switzerland, department Photonics. Topics: Development of automated production processes for microoptical systems based on replication techniques.
2000-2001: Designing engineer at Nortel Networks Optical Components, Zürich, Switzerland, department R & D packaging. Topics: Development of a measuring method for determining thermal resistances within semi-conductor laser diodes.
1999-2000: Designing engineer at Contraves Space AG, Zürich, Switzerland, department system technology. Topic: Development of a position sensor for aligning a laser beam with an optical fiber.

Languages
Mother tongue: German and fluent in English.