Anton J. Schleiss, Ph.D., is the recipient of the Hydraulic Structures Medal for his significant contributions to the hydraulic engineering community in the areas of hydropower, river engineering and flood protection, rock scour and sediment transport, and physical and numerical modeling.
Director of the Hydraulic Construction Laboratory (LCH) at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) – one of two premier technical universities in Switzerland – Schleiss for nearly 3 decades has contributed substantially to advancing hydraulic engineering in the areas of dams, hydropower infrastructure, high pressure conduits (e.g., penstocks) and rock tunnels, reservoir sedimentation, river flood protection, river engineering, and rock scour associated with plunging jets (e.g., spillway plunge pool).
Schleiss, who teaches courses at EPFL on hydraulic structure design, dams and appurtenant structures, river engineering, contractual and legal aspects related to hydraulic structures, hydropower, and dams, has overseen 170 projects involving physical and computer model studies related to hydraulic structure design and/or modification to address specific problems.
Involved as international expert in several dam and hydropower plant projects all over the world as well as flood protection projects mainly in Switzerland, Schleiss from 2006 to 2012 was director of EPFL’s Civil Engineering Department. Former chairman of the Swiss Committee of Dams and of the Swiss Committee of Flood Protection, in 2012 he was elected vice-president of the International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD) representing the European Zone. In 2013 he became council member of the International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR), where he also served as vice-president for the European Division.
Recipient of ASCE’s Karl Emil Hilgard Hydraulic Price (2006), ASCE’s J. C. Stevens Award (2006), ASCE/EWRI’s 2014 Best Technical Note Award, and ASCE Outstanding Reviewer Recognition for 2013, he was listed by Water Power & Dam Construction magazine in 2011 as being among the 20 international personalities that “have made the biggest difference to the sector [of] water power and dam construction over the last 10 years.”