Introducing the 2011 ASciNA Award Winners Thomas Karl & Georg Stadler

bridges vol. 32, December 2011 / News from the Network: Austrian Researchers Abroad
By Juliet M. Beverly

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karl_and_stadler_award_small.jpgFrom left to right: Philipp Marxgut, Director of the Office of Science & Technology; Thomas Karl, 2011 ASciNA Junior Principal Investigator Award Recipient; Friedrich Faulhammer, General Secretary, BMWF; Georg Stadler, 2011 ASciNA Young Scientist Award Recipient; Peter Nagele, Former ASciNA President

Thomas Karl and Georg Stadler met for their first time this year, at the New York Academy of Sciences during the annual Austrian Science Talk. Thomas Karl is an atmospheric scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and Georg Stadler is a computational scientist at the University of Texas in the Center for Computational Geosciences and Optimization at the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES). Attending the Austrian Science Talk, they obviously share an Austrian passport; but Karl and Stadler also find their common bond in being the two elected winners of the 2011 ASciNA (Austrian Scientists and Scholars in North America) Award for the outstanding research they’ve conducted in their respective fields.

Thomas Karl is a physicist by training and received his Ph.D. from the University of Innsbruck in 2000. Influenced in part by the careers of his father and sister – both math teachers – George Stadler’s academic path led him to receive his  Ph.D in mathematics from the University of Graz in 2004.

Both Stadler and Karl actively fostered connections to their international project collaborators and other researchers in their fields during their Ph.D. studies, and this helped them to identify opportunities for postdoctoral fellowships in the US. In 2006, Stadler traveled to Texas to do a postdoc fellowship at ICES; and in 2000 Karl traveled to Colorado where he started as a postdoc at NCAR. From the time that they arrived in the US, Karl and Stadler managed to excel in their institutions, climbing the ranks from postdocs to tenured scientist and researcher positions. Although the years in the US provided them with great accomplishments, 2011 proved to be the year when much of their hard work was recognized as they became the 2011 ASciNA Award winners.

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