Prof. Dr.-Ing. Walter Wittke is a structural engineering graduate of the Technical University of Hannover, and holds a PhD from the Technical University of Karlsruhe, Germany. He taught foundation engineering, soil and rock mechanics in universities in Germany, United States and India, and in 1974 became Full Professor and Director of the Institute for Geotechnical Engineering, Technical University (RWTH) Aachen. He is the founder and CEO, from 1980 to this day, of the engineering firm WBI Prof. Dr.-Ing. W. Wittke Consulting Engineers for Tunneling and Geotechnical Engineering GmbH.
Prof. Wittke is the author of more than 300 technical and scientific publications. He is Editor of "Geotechnik in Theorie und Praxis – WBI-Print", Co-Editor of "Taschenbuch für den Tunnelbau" (German manual for tunneling) and a Member of the Editorial Board for "Dam Engineering".
He has received awards and distinctions from several scientific societies, universities and professional associations including the Rock Mechanics Award of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers in 1977, the Rupert H. Myers Award in Material Engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia in 1983, and the Rocha Medal of the Portuguese National Laboratory for Civil Engineering - LNEC in 2002. He is a Corresponding Member of the "Academia Nacional de Ciencias Exactas, Fisicas Y Naturales", Argentina, is a Professor Honoris Causa of the Escuela Militar de Ingenieria, MCAL Antonio Jose de Sucre, La Paz, Bolivia, and holds a Honorary Doctorate of the University of Hannover, Germany.
He was president of the ISRM from 1979 to 1983 and is a member of the ISSMGE and of the IAEG. He took several posts in the German Geotechnical Society of which he was President from 1990 to 2002 and is Honorary President since 2002. In his long and diversified career he has organized dozens of scientific conferences and meetings, including more than 15 German National Rock Mechanics symposia, the ISRM International Symposium on Rock Mechanics in Stuttgart, Germany in 1972, the ISRM International Symposium on Rock Mechanics, Caverns and Pressure Shafts in Aachen, Germany in 1982, the 7th International Congress on Rock Mechanics of the ISRM in Aachen, Germany in 1991 and EUROCK 2000, the ISRM European Conference on Rock Mechanics in Aachen, Germany.
Prof. Wittke's has designed large rock mechanics projects in all continents, including more than 130 rail and road tunnels, 40 caverns, galleries and shafts, 30 dams, many of high importance, not to mention numerous dikes, slopes and hillside stabilizations.
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