Head of Institute

Prof. Dr.-Ing. André Niemann

When we say Hydraulic Engineering we mean all measures we do to use water or to save us for the risks and danger of water. When we say Water Resources Management we mean that measures that describe exploitation of the water by man. Our institute deals with all matters of water management, protection against floods, and the protection and keeping of natural waters. Our main interests are:

  • Urban water management
  • hydro morphology and morphodynamics
  • ecological continuity
  • Supervision of river rehabilitations
  • Water quality management
  • Water quality modeling and mass flow balancing
  • Implementation of the Water Framework Directive
  • Socioeconomics of water management concepts
  • Flood control and risk management
  • Provision of the consequences of the climate change


Prof. Dr.-Ing. André Niemann is head of the Institute of Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources Management at the University of Duisburg-Essen since 2010. He studied civil engineering at the university of Hannover and graduate in 1996. In 2000 he did his doctorate in civil engineering at the University of Essen at the Institute of urban water and waste management.

Since his graduation in 1996 he worked at different national and some international projects in the field of hydrology, flood management, river ecology and urban drainage including CSO treatment at the Institute of urban water and waste management. After his doctorate Prof. Niemann worked as project engineer, senior engineer (2000 - 2006), Head of department (2006) and general manager (2008) at Dahlem Consulting Engineers in Essen.

Prof. Niemann did a lot of research activities in different topics like Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources Management. As head of institute he refocus and change teaching in Hydraulic Engineering at the university of Duisburg-Essen.