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 subject of pressure tunnel design in 1986. After that he worked for 11 years for Electrowatt Engineering Ltd. 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 applied hydraulics and design of hydraulic structures and schemes. The research studies and expertise involve both numerical and physical modeling. Actually 16 Ph.D. projects are ongoing at LCH under his guidance. Prof. Schleiss was also Director of the Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Water Resources Management and Engineering held in Lausanne in collaboration with ETH Zurich and the universities of Innsbruck (Austria), Munich (Germany), Grenoble (France) and Liège (Belgium) from 1999 to 2009. He is also involved as 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 Department of EPFL. His is also the former chairman of the Swiss Committee of Dams and of the Swiss Committee of Flood Protection. After having served as vice-president between 2012 and 2015 he was elected president of the International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD) in 2015. In 2013 he became Council Member of International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR), where he was also president for the European Division from 2014 to 2016.
Further details on the activities of the Laboratory of Hydraulic Constructions (LCH) can be found under http://lch.epfl.ch.
ASCE Karl Emil Hilgard Hydraulic Price 2006
ASCE J. C. Stevens Award 2006
Listed by WP&DC among the 20 international personalities that have made the biggest difference to the sector Water Power & Dam Construction over the last 10 years.
ASCE-Journal of Hydraulic Engineering Outstanding Reviewer Recognition 2013
ASCE-EWRI-Journal of Hydraulic Engineering 2014 Best Technical Note
ASCE - EWRI 2015 Hydraulic Structures Medal for his outstanding contributions to advance the art and science of hydraulic structures engineering
Analyse hydraulique et hydromécanique d'ouvrages hydrauliques (en écoulement stationnaires ou instationnaires et transitoires, vibrations et problème de stabilité)
Planification et dimensionnement d'aménagements hydroélectriques et d'irrigation
Conception des barrages
Planification et dimensionnement des systèmes d'adduction en charge d'aménagements à haute chute (conduites, puits et galeries, cavernes)
Contrôle et interprétation d'investigations géotechniques in situ pour des galeries et puits en charge
Expertise et interprétation de modèles physiques
Simulation numérique et analyse de problèmes hydromécanique couplés, particulièrement pour des galeries en charges d'aménagements à haute chute considérant la percolation à travers le revêtement et la roche
Planification et dimensionnement d'aménagements de protection contre les crues; hydraulique fluviale
Alluvionnement des retenues, processus physiques y compris courants de turbidité, mesures techniques pour l'évacuation des sédiments et de contrôle des courants de turbidité
Erosion des milieux fissurés par des jets à haute vitesse à l'aval d'évacuateurs de crue et de vidange de fond