Andreas Rudersdorf

Favourite Thing: I love solving challenging problems and meeting new exciting people from all over the world!



RWTH Aachen University, Germany (2011)


Country I live in:


Work History:

Netoectonics & Natural Hazards group, RWTH Aachen University

Current Job:



PhD candidate at RWTH Aachen University.

Me and my work

I’m trying to understand the earthquake history of an oasis in the Gobi Desert.

Spread all over the world, there are areas where earthquakes occur every now and then. But sometimes also the areas where no earthquakes occur have experienced earthquakes in the past. Using satellite images, digital terrain models and geophysical devices that allow snapshots of the subsurface, I can map and study faults that have produced these earthquakes.

My Typical Day

During typical office days I process and analyse data and write scientific papers about it.

But sitting there in front of my computer doesn’t mean I do the same stuff over and over again! On the one day I process the geophysical data (that means I use special software to visualize the subsurface), on the other day I create a map or a figure and sometimes I prepare presentations to show my work to other scientists.

What I'd do with the money

With the money I would prepare a day out for many, many interested students to understand what earthquakes and natural hazards mean to all of us in real life.

We would learn a lot about natural hazards, see some real faults, model their movements and see which impact fault movements has on the society and the nature.

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Analytic, creative, communicative

Who is your favourite singer or band?

Foo Fighters

What's your favourite food?

I love all kinds of Mediterranean food, especially pasta!

What is the most fun thing you've done?

Oh, there are a lot of things… what about a roadtrip from the U.S. eastcoast to the west with my best friends?

What did you want to be after you left school?

I wanted to study something related to the environment to help and protect the enironment.

Were you ever in trouble in at school?

Once or twice, for sure.

What was your favourite subject at school?


What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

Traveling to very remote places on the Earth!

What or who inspired you to become a scientist?

Oh, I think this was some kind of coincidence…

If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?

I would maybe work for some federal agency or company that manages natural hazards.

If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

If I had three wishes I think I would 1) love to travel the whole world with my small family 2) maybe on my own sailboat and 3) getting paid for research on all topics I like without a supervisor or a grumpy boss.

Tell us a joke.

What do you call a boomerang that does not come back? – A stick.

My favourite place on earth is?

Some nice place at the sea with a warm summer breeze and my friends.

Other stuff

Work photos:

Andi doing GPR in the desert.

Andi doing GPR in the desert.

Measuring the fault plane I’m sitting on in the Granada Basin, Spain.