Prof. Lyesse Laloui is a full professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, EPFL. He is a member of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences and serves as the European Vice President of the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE). In 2022, Lyesse Laloui appeared in the Ranking of Top 1000 Scientists in the field of Engineering and Technology released by Research.com.
His research and exploration of the mechanics of geomaterials and other geology has made significant contributions to our understanding of the physical mechanisms of these materials. From this, he has developed innovative and sustainable technologies for today and the generations to come. His efforts in areas such as sustainability, climate change, renewable energy and the optimisation of natural resources have been recognized and awarded by the European Research Council with an Advanced ERC Grant for his project BIOGEOS (BIO-mediated GEO-material Strengthening), followed by an ERC Proof of Concept Grant (PoC) in 2020.
He is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Elsevier Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment journal. His research portfolio includes 13 written and edited books and over 350 peer reviewed papers. He has won many awards in recognition of his work including the 30th Roberval Award at the French Academy of Science and the “Vienna Terzaghi Lecture”. In 2022, Prof. Laloui has been recognized for his contribution to his commitment to global sustainability with two doctorate honoris causa from Heriot-Watt University as well as Cluj University.