Mesfin Hagos Tewolde
Born and raised in building contractors’ family, I had been introduced to construction sites early on. The regular visits to dad’s construction sites elevated my curiosity about the field of engineering. Later on, I went to an engineering college and studied Civil/Irrigation Engineering and received a degree in 1996. Then, After years of work experience, I carried on studying and received a master’s degree in engineering hydrology in 2005. On top of that, I received additional training and took part in more advanced research at higher academic institutions as a collaborator and Ph.D student. The universities I attended include The University of Arba-Minch, Ethiopia, The University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, Central University of Technology, South Africa, The University of Fribourg, Switzerland, and The University of Applied Science and Arts Western Switzerland, Lausanne. I have also studied French language courses at, IFAGE, The University of Fribourg, and The University of Geneva, Switzerland. Besides, I attended various brief professional training courses that include 6 months Series of Water Management Courses conducted by the Natural Resources Conservation Service of USA (NRCS), 10 days of ArcGIS and GPS integration training conducted by the University of Bern, Switzerland and 3 days of Water Resources Yield Model (WRYM-IMS Model) introductory course conducted by the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry of South Africa.
In my practical work experiences, I actually took part in various engineering assignments and gained experiences regarding design hydrology, catchment studies, flood routing, building construction, irrigation infrastructures, and small-scale earth dam construction as well as other relevant water resources projects.
Simultaneously, I have enriched and enhanced my proficiency in using engineering instruments and software programs. Consequently, I am capable of utilizing engineering instruments such as Total-station and Theodolites. Moreover, able to employ engineering software packages such as Revit, Civil 3D, AutoCAD, ArcGIS, HEC-RAS, HEC-HMS, Bentley Software program (civil-storm, pond pack, Flow master and others), IDRISI, PCI-Geomatica, and others.
At present, I am convinced that I have the essential proficiency to take part in prominent engineering undertakings that may possibly incorporate hydrologic design, dam and irrigation infrastructure as well as building construction supervision.
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Acquiring knowledge of engineering is an opportunity. It is an opportunity to resolve problems and add values to communities. In order to play a role proficiently and responsibly, rigorous training programs are absolutely necessary to acquire engineering skills.
In addition to having theoretical and fundamental technical backgrounds, I believe visualization talent is also vital to engineers. Competencies such as rational thinking, environmental consciousness, and ethical awareness are other aspects that are required to be mastered.
As an engineer, my task would be to utilize my skills with due diligence and accountability to play a role in contributing to the progress and advancement of human society.
Reflection on Professional Growth
Schools help with acquiring knowledge and methodologies to help solve problems in the real world. Moreover, practical experiences have also a lesson to teach. Through years of practical experiences, I have developed not only my skills but also my confidence has gotten consolidated tremendously. As a result, successive projects were done with ease and more efficiency.
From being a participant in construction projects, I had gotten opportunities to lead projects, trained staff, evaluated projects in terms of feasibility and technical soundness as well as consult others to achieve their goals.
During the years, I have enriched my competences and acquired tools that could help to facilitate tasks more efficiently. The more I took part in research and construction projects, the courageous I became in decision making and solving problems with ease.
Future objectives: Long term ambition and explorations lie in mastering more computer applications to harness water resources proficiently in an effort to alleviate future water shortage crisis.
What I Do
Recommendations & Testimonials
I have the privilege both to learn and study with Mesfin. During our undergraduate studies, I remember Mesfin was one of the few students who easily handle new challenges and encourage others to do the same. He was always eager to learn new skills and ready to map them with real-world problems. As far as my knowledge of Mesfin’s ability at work is concerned he is a proactive, result-oriented, responsible, and technically able engineer. He is always ready to put all his energy and time to get the job done and is open to working with new people. I am a real witness that Mesfin is capable to work even in unfavorable working conditions.
I came to know Mesfin Tewolde when we were both undergraduate students at Arba MInch University. Mesfin Tewolde is highly intelligent and has good analytical skills. He has excellent communication skills. He was highly proficient in applying the course material in analyzing the problem situations. He always explained his views very concisely and gave supporting arguments that were both clear and persuasive. Mesfin also demonstrated good teamwork skills in group assignments. At a personal level, Mesfin is a well-disciplined, industrious has a pleasant personality
Mesfin Tewolde worked as a postgraduate student in the former School of Bioresources Engineering and Environmental Hydrology (BEEH) on the Pietermaritzburg campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) from 2002 to 2005. His MSc Engineering research study involved an assessment of techniques for flood routing in ungauged catchments using Muskingum methods. He was required to undertake a literature review, develop a project proposal, and to apply various engineering hydrology techniques as part of his study. I was his dissertation supervisor during his studies and he demonstrated competence to learn and apply engineering hydrology techniques independently and to assess the significance of his results. I found him well-mannered in nature and enthusiastic about his studies and he has indicated in subsequent communication of his desire to further his studies.
It gives me great pleasure to write these lines about Engineer Mesfin Tewolde, whom I have known for long since 2002 while pursuing my graduate studies at the University of KwaZulu Natal. Engineer Mesfin was my colleague at UKZN, I remember him working very hard for his research project in hydrology and specifically developing and designing models for ungauged catchments. During the years I had the opportunity to closely observe on his work performance, and I personally can attest to his potential, intelligence, and diligence. I have found Engineer Mesfin to possesses the necessary skills and background in his area of specialty and he also follows his conscientious towards the assigned work. Engineer Mesfin is a man with great leadership skills, amiable manners, and a strong spirit of teamwork. He also possesses an excellent skill of web design and with all virtues, I would always recommend him undoubtedly the best choice for your next career move within the area of modeling and engineering. I am sure, he will be an indispensable asset to his institution and to the scientific world in general.
I came to know Mesfin Tewolde when we were together studying at Arba Minch University (Arba Minch Water Technology Institute) and since then I have been following him in his endeavors and all his tasks he has achieved throughout the following years. I witnessed his capacity to perform and accomplish a task in many projects. Mesfin has many practical experiences that he had demonstrated in various projects in countries such as Ethiopia, Eritrea, South Africa, and Switzerland. His communication skills, energy, and enthusiasm to do more research and advancing his education are incredible. I have additionally read his journals of hydrological research studies and I bet it is a result of constant effort as well as devotion. He is a capable person, hard-working, and also great to work with. As a result, I strongly recommend him for any institution that needs his abilities and proficiencies entailing hydrological research studies, as well as any type of other water or civil engineering design-related jobs. Please do not hesitate to contact me at the contact number or e-mail listed below in case you would like more information regarding Mesfin's capacities and credentials.
Mesfin graduated in May 2006 with M.Sc. in Engineering from South Africa. I read his thesis on flood routing (hydrology) and found it to be a work of high quality. Previously, he completed a rigorous undergraduate program in Irrigation/civil Engineering at the "Arbaminch" Water Technology Institute, Ethiopia. Mesfin had worked in Ethiopia and Eritrea for many years before I met him. His assignments included engineering site surveying, design and construction supervision of dams/reservoirs, and irrigation works. He has a lot of field experience pertinent to hydrological sciences and engineering. Mesfin is fluent in the English language. His educational instructions, in Ethiopia and South Africa, and his working language is English. I knew Mesfin for two years (1998-2000) when I was working for the Ministry of Agriculture, State of Eritrea. My assignment was Technical Advisor on Integrated Watershed Development Program of the Ministry. Mesfin is very cooperative and pleasant to work with. I believe I am in a good position to comment on his professional ability. My background is in Agricultural Engineering (B.Sc., 1968, Ethiopia), Soils Sciences (Ph.D., 1975, U.S.A.), and Computing Science (M.Sc., 1998, U.K.), with professional work experience of more than 25 years. I recommend Mesfin highly for Doctoral work in hydrological sciences.
Mesfin was a diligent student who brought insight and energy into the classroom. we were in the same department and the same batch during the undergraduate study he showed a great ability to handle challenges and proven through practical exercises. He is gifted to work in good harmony with groups and capable of easily adapting to new environments. Mesfin always likes to face new challenges and enjoys solving it. It is my privilege to recommend Mesfin as a capable person who can shoulder any assignment related to his field of expertise.
I have known Mesfin H. Tewolde for more than six months as a postgraduate student in Environmental Hydrology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, formerly called the University of Natal. I taught him a Biometry course last semester. He was an active and hard-working student. He has done considerable practical in statistics using GENSTAT and other statistical software packages. He was one of the most active students during lectures and practical. Moreover, I give him a statistical consulting service for his M.Sc research. From the consultancy, I observed that he has a solid background in hydrology theory and practice. We could all see that he had potential as a future original contributor to the field. Therefore, I have no hesitation in recommending Mesfin H.Tewolde for further studies
2002-2005University of Kwazulu-Natal
MScEng Degree: School of Environmental Engineering and hydrology (BEEH), Faculty of Engineering, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, and Durban (South Africa). Research title: « Flood Routing in Ungauged Catchments Using Muskingum Methods. » The project was financed by the Water Research Institute of South Africa.
1991-1996Arba Minch University
BScEng Degree: Civil engineering, University of Arbaminch, formerly called: Arbaminch Water Technology Institute, Ethiopia. Project title:: «Hare Irrigation Project, Design Report. »
CADSchool, Geneva: training of Revit (basic and advanced levels) and Autocad 2D basic and advanced level (CAD)
2011 - 2012HES-SO Lausanne (Swiss)
Attended engineering courses such as advanced Geomatique and its applications (GEO), Project management and communication (GPR), Construction and environment law (DCN), construction and Structural engineering (CSR), Management and development of water (EAX), Cartography and GIS (SIG), Water treatment and quality and geology and hydrogeology
2008-2011University of Fribourg, Switzerland
University of Fribourg, Switzerland, Collaborator, and Research fellow (Doctoral candidate): I have studied ArcGIS et IDRISI, PCI-Geomatica (Orthoeng), ERDAS imagery (Orthobase), satellite images and SLEUTH growth model and subsidence of alluvial soils caused by intensive water withdrawal
2005-2007Central University of Technology (CUT) South Africa,
Central University of Technology (CUT), South Africa: as a research collaborator, I did research on Small scale rainwater harvesting Technologies for Southern Africa region
1999 (10 days)University of Bern, Swiss
Sponsored by the University of Bern, Swiss. training location - Asmara (Eritrea): 10 days of training management of geographic information WIN 95/NT Arcview, and GPS. Center for the Development and Environment, University of Bern
1997(6 months)Natural Resources Conservation Service, USA
Hydrology for engineers, geology for engineers, structural analyses for engineers, Documentation for construction projects, irrigation techniques, the study of soil Mechanics,
Civil Construction Supervision (Building, Dam, & Irri. infrastructures)
Total-Station and Theodolite
Design and Drawing of civil structures
3D building modeling & BIM collaboration
Engineering Software Skills
HEC-RAS, HEC-HMS, HEC-GeoRAS, HEC-GeoHMS
ArcGIS, ArcGIS-Pro, WebGIS
PondPack, Flowmaster, Civil-Storm
3D Modelling (Revit et Civil 3D) Revit and AutoCAD, Revizto 4, Solibri, BIM360 softwares
Geomatica, and IDRISI (photogrammetry)
- Communicate easily
- Precision and attention to detail
- Time Management
- Analyse, manage and administer a team of professionals
- Social Networking
Books and Chapters in Books:
Tewolde MH (2005) Flood Routing in Ungauged Catchments using Muskingum Methods. Universal Publishers, Florida, USA. book-Link,
|2007||Smithers JC, KT Chetty, Frezghi MS, DM and Knoesen Tewolde MH (2007) Development and assessment of a continuous simulation modeling system for design flood estimation, WRC Report No. 1318/1/07. Water Resources Commission, Pretoria, RSA.Link|
|2009||P S van Heerden, C T Crosby, B Grové, N Benadé, E Theron, R E Schulze & MH Tewolde (2009), Integrating and Updating of SAPWAT and PLANWAT to Create a Powerful and User-Friendly Irrigation Planning Tool, WRC report No. TT 391/08.Water Resources Commission, Pretoria, RSA. Link|
Peer-reviewed Articles and Reports
Tewolde MH and JC Smithers (2006) Flood routing in ungauged catchments using Muskingum methods. Journal of Water South Africa. Journal- link
Tewolde MH and Smithers JC (2005) Flood Routing in Ungauged Catchments Using Muskingum Methods. Poster International Conference on Integrated Assessment of Water Resources and Global Change: A North-South Analysis, Bonn, Germany. Link.
Tewolde MH (2008), Seminar in Geomorphology: Subsidence in alluvial soils caused by intensive water withdrawal, University of Fribourg, Switzerland. Link
|2008||Tewolde MH (2008), Image Orthorectifying and mosaicking using PCI-Geomatica, (Steps are shown using an aerial photograph in Bulle area) and preparation of files for SLEUTH urban and land-use change model, University of Fribourg, Switzerland. Link|
|2006||Tewolde MH (2006), Rainwater Harvesting Technology for Small Households, School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment, Central University of Technology, Free State, South Africa. link|
|2002||Tewolde MH (2002), Flood Routing, School of Bioresources Engineering and Environmental Hydrology, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, RSA. (link)|
Accessing Excellence (“Honors Class”): Before transitioning towards a master’s program in hydrology.
Tewolde MH (2002) Hydrological dam design, School of Bioresources Engineering and Environmental Hydrology, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, RSA (link).
|2002||Tewolde MH (2002) Forest Hydrology, Seven Oaks Experiment Station, School of Bioresources. Engineering and Environmental Hydrology, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg. Link|
Tewolde MH, Mitiku B, Tamir M. and Seid S. (1995) Hare Irrigation Project Design Report, Department of Irrigation Engineering, Arbaminch Water Technology Institute, Arbaminch, Ethiopia link
Sample Project Design Paper, Eritrea:
Tewolde MH, Tareke, S and Gebrehiwot, T. (2000) Berhnet earth-fill dam report, Land and Water Resource Department, Ministry of Agriculture, Asmara, Eritrea. Link
|2019 (3 months)||
CSD.ch, Lausanne Building Technique department: 3D modeling of buildings with Revit. I also worked with Revizto, Navisworks, BIM360, Solibri.
|2014-still||Geneva, Hydro Engineers (Civileng.ch): Hydrological studies and Civil engineering, independent researcher,|
|2014-2014 (3 months)||Canton Geneva, SECOE – dynamic sector for water and meteorology. Studying and evaluating the hydrology of the “L’Aire” river and the infrastructures along the river. Temporary post. link,|
|2008-2011||University of Fribourg, Switzerland: Scientific collaborator (Doctorat): Research in hydrology, geomatics, and GIS, worked with software such as GIS, Geomatica, and IDRISI,|
|2005-2007||South Africa, Central University of Technology (CUT): Research collaborator, Small-scale Rain Water Harvesting Technology,|
|2004-2005||South Africa, University of Kwazulu-Natal, Collaborator and researcher: Département of hydrology, worked in the area of hydrological modeling and engineering hydrology,|
|2000-2002||Eritrean Gov., Construction Engineer: Supervision of ground plus one building complex, built on an area of 124 square meters of land, including concrete mix control as well as guiding reinforcement bar placement and management of construction material,|
|1997-2000||Eritrea, Ministry of Agriculture Design section : Surface irrigation system design and construction such as Chute, drop structures, culverts, primary, secondary and tertiary canals. Design and construction of small scale earth dam and reservoirs,|
|1996-1997||Ethiopia, Sustainable Agriculture and Environmental Rehabilitation Commission in Tigray Region (SAERT): Irrigation infrastructure construction such as drop structures and earthen canals. Supervision of small scale earth and rockfill dam construction, and|
|1995-1996||Internship, (Graduation Year) the University of Arbaminch, formerly called Arbaminch Water Technology Institute, Arbaminch (Éthiopia): a longitudinal and cross-sectional survey of kulfo river.|