The Team

The Zentrum am Berg is managed by the University of Leoben as an independent department and is under the direction of Prof. Dr. Robert Galler. Altogether, the Zentrum am Berg offers not only infrastructure but also an experienced team in the fields of geotechnics, tunnelling and training and continuing education in underground infrastructure.

Prof. Dr. Robert Galler

Head of Department

From 1997 to 2007 he worked with GEOCONSULT, an international consultant in the field of underground constructions. He has experience in numerous national and international research and consulting projects. Since the year of 2000 Robert Galler is Member of the management board of ÖGG – Austrian Society for Geomechanics; since 2005 he is the Austrian representative of the ITA – International Tunnelling Association. Since 2013 Robert Galler is Chairman of ITA-CET, the committee on education and training within the ITA.

Ing. Bernhard Reinwald

Safety officer


Bernhard Reinwald completed his Matura in the raw material technology department at the HTL Leoben in 2018. After completing his basic military service at Jägerbatallion 18 in St. Michael i.O. he is responsible for safety and the operation at the Zentrum am Berg at the Montanuniversität Leoben.

Dipl.-Ing. Robert Wenighofer


DI Robert Wenighofer has been a research assistant at the Chair of Subsurface Engineering since 2014 and has had a professional background of surveying and mining surveying since 1989 (DI Umlauf, ZT OG Loschnigg-Dachsberger). His professional and scientific areas are near field photogrammetry, laser scanning, CAD and mining projects. He contributes to numerous scientific projects of the Chair of Subsurface Engineering.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Marlene Villeneuve


Marlène Villeneuve completed her PhD in 2008 at Queen’s University, in Canada, after which she spent two years working as a tunnel engineer for McMillan Jacobs Associates in the USA and Australia. From 2010-2020 she was a lecturer, senior lecturer and finally an Associate Professor in rock mechanics at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. She joined the Chair of Subsurface Engineering in 2020 and focuses on teaching and research in the fields of rock mechanics and numerical modelling.

Michael MRAZEK


After completing his mechanical engineering apprenticeship and many years of professional experience in this field, Michael supports the team at the Zentrum am Berg in all technical matters.

Inz.-Mech. Ktn Aliaksei Patsekha


Obtained his educational background in Technology, Equipment and Automation of Mechanical Engineering and Prevention and Elimination of Emergencies at the universities of Belarus. In 2017 completed a doctoral degree (degree of a Candidate of Technical Sciences) in Fire and Industrial Safety at the University of Civil Protection of the Ministry for Emergency Situations of the Republic of Belarus. Since June 2020 Aliaksei Patsekha works as a research associate at the Chair of Subsurface Engineering. His research interests lie in the field of Fire Dynamics and Tunnel Fire Safety.

Ing. Jörg Krainz


From 1993 to 1997, Jörg Krainz worked as a skilled worker (paper technician) at Brigl & Bergmeister in Niklasdorf. From 1998 to 2009, Jörg Krainz was employed at RHI Magnesita in the Technology Center Leoben, in the physics department. His tasks were; Investigations on refractory products, further development of test procedures and participation in R&D projects. After attending the evening school for mechanical engineering and industrial engineering, Jörg Krainz is employed as a laboratory manager at the University of Leoben at the Department of Subsurface Engineering.

Dipl.-Ing. Erik Schuller


Erik Schuller is a graduate of mining engineering at the Montanuniversitaet Leoben. He has been a research associate since 2004 and Senior Lecturer at the Chair of Subsurface Engineering since 2010. In addition to working on numerous projects, Erik Schuller is primarily involved in teaching with a focus on soil mechanics and numerical simulations of geotechnical problems.

Ing. Peter Schwab

Expert advisor


With his many years of civil engineering experience, Peter Schwab supported the team during the entire construction phase of the ZaB and is now at the side of the entire staff as a consultant and trainer in all subject-related issues.