The Research Institute for Water and Environment (fwu) was established in 1994 by Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Jensen as a joint founder. Today fwu consists of three chairs: Dept. of Water Resources Management and Climate Impact Research, Dept. of Sewage and Waste Technologies, and the Dept. of Hydraulic and Coastal Engineering. The tradition of water management and hydraulic engineering in Siegen dates back to 1853, the year in which Siegen’s Wiesenbauschule (Agricultural School) was founded. The Wiesenbauschule trained land improvement technicians and meadow builders who gained a high national as well as international reputation. Due to their excellent professional training the Prussian government decreed in 1891 that graduates of Siegen’s Wiesenbauschule should preferably be hired at the land improvement departments.
Siegen’s Wiesenbauschule evolved steadily, beginning with the Cultural Building School, then the Building School of Water Resources and Environmental Engineering, followed by the School of Civil Engineering, until finally the Universität-Gesamthochschule Siegen now called University of Siegen was founded in 1972. The hydraulic laboratories were built in 1966 and managed by Prof. Jochen Kadereit until 1992 before Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Jensen, present director of the chair and the hydraulic engineering laboratories became his successor in that same year.
After the restructuring of the University of Siegen in 2011 today’s Dept. of Hydraulic and Coastal Engineering consists of 7 scientific and non-scientific employees under the direction of Prof. Jürgen Jensen. It is embedded in the Department Civil Engineering within the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Siegen.