Luís Lamas was born in 1957, in Lisbon PORTUGAL. He obtained his BSc in Civil Engineering at the University of Lisbon (1981), his MSc in Engineering Rock Mechanics at the Imperial College of Science and Technology, London UK (1986), with distinction, and his PhD at the University of London, UK (1993).
In 1981 he joined the Portuguese National Laboratory of Civil Engineering (LNEC), where he worked at the Underground Construction Division. In 1994, while keeping his position of research officer of LNEC, he moved to Macau to work at the Macau Civil Engineering Laboratory (LECM). From 1994 to 1997 his work consisted of geotechnical consultancy for several large projects, such as the reclamation of the artificial island for the Macau International Airport. In 1997 he was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors of LECM and he kept this position until February 2003. He then returned to LNEC where he is currently a Senior Research Officer and the Head of the Foundations and Underground Works Division.
Dr. Lamas is a member of the ISRM since 1981 and has had an active participation in many activities of the Society, namely through the presentation of papers at ISRM sponsored symposia and participation in Commissions. He was a member of the Organising Committee of the 1993 ISRM International Symposium, Eurock´93, held in Lisbon, and of 2007 ISRM Congress. From 2004 to 2008 he was Vice President of the Board of the Portuguese Geotechnical Society, the ISRM National Group Portugal.
Dr. Lamas is the author of a large number of publications dealing with rock engineering and other fields of civil engineering. His main research interests are in the hydromechanical behaviour of rock masses, tunnelling in rock and dam foundations.