Prof. Dr. Anton J. Schleiss graduated in Civil Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1978. After joining the Laboratory of Hydraulic, Hydrology and Glaciology at ETH as a research associate and senior assistant, he obtained a Doctorate of Technical Sciences on the topic of pressure tunnel design in 1986. After that he worked for 11 years for Electrowatt Engineering Ltd. in Zurich and was involved in the design of many hydropower projects around the world as an expert on hydraulic engineering and underground waterways. Until 1996 he was Head of the Hydraulic Structures Section in the Hydropower Department at Electrowatt. In 1997 he was nominated full professor and became Director of the Laboratory of Hydraulic Constructions (LCH) in the Civil Engineering Department of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL). The LCH activities comprise education, research and services in the field of both fundamental and applied hydraulics and design of hydraulic structures and schemes. The research focuses on the interaction between water, sediment-rock, air and hydraulic structures as well as associated environmental issues and involves both numerical and physical modeling. Actually 18 Ph.D. projects are ongoing at LCH under his guidance. Prof. Schleiss is also involved as an international expert in several dam and hydropower plant projects all over the world as well as flood protection projects mainly in Switzerland. From 2006 to 2012 he was Director of the Civil Engineering program of EPFL and chairman of the Swiss Committee on Dams (SwissCOLD). In 2006 he obtained the ASCE Karl Emil Hilgard Hydraulic Price as well as the J. C. Stevens Award. From ASCE-EWRI he received also the 2014 Best Technical Note Award and Outstanding Reviewer Recognition for 2013.  He was listed in 2011 among the 20 international personalities that “have made the biggest difference to the sector Water Power & Dam Construction over the last 10 years”. In 2012 he was elected vice-president of the International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD) representing the zone Europe. In 2013 he became Council Member of IAHR, where he is also Vice-president for the European Division.

Address: Laboratory of Hydraulic Constructions (LCH), Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Station 18, CH - 1015 Lausanne

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