In November 2017, Claudia Ruz Vargas joined the IGRAC team as Groundwater Specialist. After obtaining her joint master’s degree in Groundwater and Global Change, Claudia decided to apply for the junior groundwater specialist position. “I would like to participate in projects that contribute to an improved and more sustainable management of groundwater resources, at a regional and international level”, she says. “And I am very motivated to develop myself as a professional in the international and interdisciplinary environment that IGRAC has.”
In 2013, Claudia finished her Civil Engineering studies at the University of Santiago, Chile. During these studies, she has also done an exchange year at the University RWTH Aachen, Germany.
After her graduation, Claudia gained some work experience before enrolling for an Erasmus Mundus MSc programme in 2015. In 2017, she obtained a joint master’s degree in Groundwater and Global Change – Impacts and Adaptation, from IST Lisbon, IHE Delft and TU Dresden.
After she finished her Civil Engineering studies, Claudia worked for two years as a Project Engineer, first working in the area of road safety and later in environmental projects. “These activities were mainly related with the design and closure of landfills”, she says. “At the same time, I worked for the University of Santiago, giving lectures of Applied Hydraulics for the Civil Engineering Department, for one year.” These experiences gave her the motivation to learn more about the characterisation and management of water resources, especially groundwater. “Therefore, I decided to obtain a master degree in this topic.”