- Colorado School of Mines - Golden, Colorado, PhD in Environmental Engineering Science, August 2012 - Present Advisers: Tissa Illangasekare, Kathleen Smits
- Colorado School of Mines - Golden, Colorado, M.S. in Environmental Science and Engineering, August 2011 - May 2012, Cumulative GPA: 3.88.
- University of California Berkeley - Berkeley, California, B.S. in Environmental Engineering Science, August 2007 - May 2011, Cumulative GPA: 3.38
Andrew Trautz investigates land-atmospheric interactions with respect to bare soil-water evaporation which presently is still poorly characterized and understood. His research involves both physical experimentation and numerical modeling. The experimental work is performed in laboratory scale tanks interfaced to a climate controlled wind tunnel. The precision data generated is in turn used in numerical models focused on coupling multiphase flow in porous media and free-fluid domains under varying atmospheric conditions. Current research involves the applicability of using heat-pulse sensor technology to determine evaporation rates in situ.
- Trautz, A., K.M. Smits, P. Schulte, and T.H. Illangasekare. (2012). Experimental and numerical application of the sensible heat balance and heat-pulse methods to determine in situ soil-water evaporation, Vadose Zone J., in review.
- Trautz, A., K.M. Smits*, P. Schulte, and T.H. Illangasekare. (2012).Estimation of soil-water evaporation from bare soils using sensible heat balance and heat-pulse methods; experimental and modeling study, Gordon Research Conference, Flow through Permeable Media, Les Diableretes, Switzerland, July 2012.