Theodor Strobl

Prof. Dr.-Ing.

TUM Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering
Former professor of hydraulic engineering and hydraulic management

born August 25, 1941

Scientific work

Theodor Strobl concentrated his career development on the issues concerning hydraulic engineering and hydraulic management. As a highly influential expert, he was involved as a consultant in numerous large international building projects, such as embankment dam projects in Jordan, Nepal, Kenya and Oman. His academic interest covers a broad spectrum of issues in hydraulic engineering. He concerned himself with the underground insulation of dams, the use of roller compacted concrete in dam walls as well as security surveillance of dams, for example by utilizing fiberglass mechanics. Theodor Strobl wrote important works on the effectiveness of flood protection systems, bed load transport after a flood and the natural regeneration of rivers and streams (mathematical and physical models). His expertise was and is still in demand for numerous public projects, for example in Bavaria. He was responsible for the planning and construction of the Franconian lake landscape, and was heavily involved in the Bavarian Ministry of the Environment’s formulation of guidelines for residual flow. Apart from this, the support and optimization of hydraulic energy is a central concern of his. He is much sought after by power supply companies as an adviser on hydraulic engineering and management matters. In recent studies, he has been involved in, among other things, the possibility of fair water distribution in drought areas around the world. 


Short biography

1963 – 1968 Studies in structural engineering, TH Darmstadt
1968 – 1971 Construction project director at construction sites in Brazil and Germany with Hochtief AG, Essen
1975 – 1981 Construction engineer for state of Bavaria; dam consultant, Supreme Building Authority, Munich
1982 Doctorate in structural engineering, TH Darmstadt
1982 – 1987 Director of the New Dams Construction Office, Nuremberg
1987 – 1989 Ministry council, director of the subject area of Dams and Hydraulic Energy, Supreme Building Authority, Munich
1989 – 2007 Professor of hydraulic engineering and hydraulic management, TUM; director of the Obernach Research Center (Oskar von Miller Institute)


Memberships and honors

Consultant for governments and engineering and construction firms as a member of various expert panels for design, construction and management of large hydraulic construction projects in Germany, Austria, Egypt, China, Iran, Jordan, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Oman, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Cyprus (since 1990)

Expert judge in competitions for flood protection and natural regeneration of rivers and streams in Germany (since 2001)

Consultant to the Bavarian Water Management concerning issues on flood protection, river construction and bed load operations (morphological issues)

Consultant to the Bavarian Ministry of the Environment for the formulation of guidelines for residual flow

Chairperson of the expert committee on dams for the German Association for Water, Wastewater and Waste (DWA) (1990-2009)

Member of the German Geotechnical Society (DGGT) Member of the International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD)




  • Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Medal from TUM (2009)
  • Honorary Needle from the German Association for Water, Wastewater and Waste (2010)

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