Michelle Müller-Hagmann received her Master of Science in Civil Engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich), Switzerland in 2010. Her master thesis was on the fiber optic strain sensors for monitoring of geotechnical mass movements and structural displacements. After graduation she began her career as a teaching assistant at the Institute of Structural Engineering (IBK) at ETH Zurich and as a project engineer at Jackcontrol AG, Switzerland. Beside hydropower projects, she has worked on structural and civil engineering projects. In 2012 she started her PhD study on hydro-abrasion at hydraulic structures and Sediment Bypass Tunnels (SBT) at the Laboratory of Hydraulic, Hydrology and Glaciology (VAW) at ETH Zurich.
Michelle Müller-Hagmann’s principal research interests lie in the fields of Hydraulic Engineering with particular focus on: hydro-abrasion on hydraulic structures and SBTs, reservoir sedimentation, sediment management and sediment transport in high speed open-channel flows.
She works as a member of SCCER-SoE in the group of WP2 – hydropower usage. She is responsible for field and laboratory investigations on hydro-abrasion resistant materials used at hydraulic structures, particularly at SBTs. The objectives of her PhD project are to quantify the correlation between the hydraulic operation conditions, sediment load, invert material properties and hydro-abrasion and to improve an abrasion prediction model. The knowledge gained from this project will help operators of hydraulic structures facing abrasion problems by providing economic measure to overcome the problems i.e. recommendations for optimized hydraulic operation conditions, economical invert materials and their implementation. Moreover, the project aims at contributing to a successful realization of the ‘Energy Strategy 2050’ by providing abrasion model and design guidelines for SBT to decrease reservoir sedimentation and prevent invert abrasion.