With Stephan Winter

February 11 / 54

What is your unit?

Department for Infrastructure Engineering, the newly formed department of geomatics, civil engineering and environmental engineering.

What is your job title?

Discipline Leader in Geomatics

How long have you been with the University of Melbourne?

I commenced in July 2003, coming from the Technical University Vienna, where I was an Associate Professor.

How did you come to work at the University?

Being mobile is, I believe, a defining characteristic of an academic career. I was prepared to move. And look how colourful our department is: people from all over the world. It’s ideas that bring us together.

Describe your typical day

I rise early and try to get my emails out of the way before breakfast. Breakfast and dinner are the sacred moments of the day: the times spent with my wife in our otherwise so busy lives. On lucky days we also manage to have lunch together. After arriving at the department I discover that I can’t escape more emails. Then meetings: committees, inspiring discussions with my PhD students, or some networking on agendas such as teaching coordination, promoting our Master of Spatial Information Science, or engagement with industry. During the semester teaching, significantly. Maybe a paper review, or work on ARC proposals. A desperate attempt to reserve an hour for work on a research paper. And (did I say this already?) emails. In the evening you may find me running through parks – that’s where I have my best ideas, so don’t disturb. And some of the typical day’s work has to wait for Saturday again.

What is it about your job that holds your interest or is particularly satisfying?

If I may nominate three aspects:

1. Reading, writing, thinking, and discussing ideas with my students, colleagues, or at conferences.

2. Looking after the Master of Spatial Information Science, Australia’s leading degree in this discipline, and a course close to my heart.

3. Reaching goals for the group of colleagues who trust my leadership.

What is the best piece of advice you have received?

Be patient.

What is something about yourself that most of your colleagues wouldn't know?

How difficult I find it to follow above advice.

Where do you buy your coffee on campus?

I try every morning to sneak away from departmental hustle and bustle and have a coffee in the garden of the University House, with some papers.

What do you like most about the University?

It’s striving for excellence in all areas, together with a public spirit.


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