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50th anniversary of university service of Prof. em. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c. mult. Bernhard Maidl

Bernhard MaidlOn Thursday, 14 February, the President of Ruhr University Bochum, Prof. Dr. Axel Schölmerich, together with SFB 837 Vice-Coordinator Prof. Dr.-Ing. Markus Thewes honoured Prof. em. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c. mult. Bernhard Maidl for his 50th anniversary of service. Worldwide, Prof. Bernhard Maidl is one of the leading experts in tunnel construction.

Prof. Bernhard Maidl first studied Civil Engineering at the Technical University of Dresden and then received his degree from the Technical University of Munich. After his doctorate and habilitation at TU Munich, he first worked as a project manager and finally as deputy branch manager at Hochtief AG. From 1974 to 2004, he was full professor at the Chair for Construction Technology, Tunnelling and Construction Management at Ruhr University Bochum. In 2005, Prof. Dr.-Ing. M. Thewes became his successor as the new holder at the Chair for Tunneling and Construction Management.

Through numerous guest professorships at the University of California, Berkley, the University of New South Wales, Australia and the Tongji University, Shanghai, Prof. Bernhard Maidl became known far beyond the borders of Germany. He rejected calls to the TU Munich, ETH Zurich, Australia and Dresden after German reunification. The University of Petrosani, Romania and the State Technical University of Kharkov, Ukraine awarded Prof. Maidl honorary doctorates. For many years, he was co-editor of the German journal "Bauingenieur" (Civil Engineer) and wrote numerous reference books and standard works on tunnel construction. Since 1986, he has been a member of the "List of Arbitrators of European International Contractors". Between 1979 and 2006, as Managing Director of the engineering firm Maidl + Maidl (IMM), he was part of well over 100 national and international tunnel projects. Since the last ten years, he still is active as limited partner and scientific advisor of Maidl Tunnelconsultants (mtc) with offices in Munich and Duisburg.
The SFB 837 congratulates this pioneer of the tunneling community on his anniversary and looks forward to future cooperation.

Bernhard Maidl