Laurent Vulliet



2016 Board Member Certificate, Swiss Board School, Switzerland

2008 AMP (Advanced Management Program), INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France

1986 PhD (Dr sc. tech.), EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland

1980 Ms, Civil Engineering (Dipl. Bauing. ETH), ETHZ, Zurich, Switzerland


1994 - Present Professor, EPFL. Director of the Soil Mechanics Laboratory (1994-2008). Promoted from Associate to Full Professor in 1996. Part-time position since 2008

2008 - 2015 CEO, BG Consulting Engineers, Lausanne, Switzerland.

2001 - 2008 Dean, School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering (ENAC), Ecole polytechnique fédérale, Lausanne (EPFL)

1999 - 2001 Head, Civil Engineering Department, EPFL

1989 - 1993 Senior Engineer, De Cérenville Géotechnique SA, Ecublens, Switzerland

1987 - 1989 Lecturer, Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA

1986 Invited Researcher, Laboratoire central des ponts et chaussées (LCPC), Paris, France

1981 - 1986 Research assistant, and PhD student, Soil Mechanics Laboratory (LMS), EPFL. Thesis on the modeling of natural creeping slopes. Co-advisors Prof. E. Recordon (EPFL) and Prof. K. Hutter (TU Darmstadt)


  • Member of the Board of Directors, Implenia, Dietlikon, Switzerland (2016 - present)

  • Member of the Board of Directors, BG Consulting Engineers, Lausanne (2006 - 2015)

  • Vice-President, Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects (SIA). 2009-2013.

  • Member, Foundation Council, Foundation “Les Bois Chamblard”, financing research in Environmental Sciences at EPFL (focusing on bio-diversity). 2003-present

  • Member, Foundation Council of the Presses Polytechniques et Universitaires Romandes (PPUR), Lausanne. 1995-present

  • Member, Stiftungsrat der Präventionsstiftung der KGV (a Swiss foundation for the financing of applied research in the domain of natural risks from Cantonal Building Insurances). 2003-2008

  • Member of the Board of Directors, Stump Bohr AG, Nänikon. 1998 – 2001


  • Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects (SIA)

  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

  • International Association for Computer Meth. and Advances in Geomechanics (IACMAG)

  • International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE)

  • International Society for Rock Mechanics (ISRM)

  • Swiss Society for Soil and Rock Mechanics (SSMSR)

  • Swiss Society for Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics (SGEB)


  • Swiss National Science Foundation (NSF): member of the Foundation Council and of the Electoral Commission (1996-2003)

  • Extra-Parliamentary National Commission on Natural Disasters (PLANAT): member of the Commission 1997-2007 (member of the Executive Board from 1997 to 2000)

  • Natural Hazards Competence Centre CENAT (ETH Domain): founder member and member of the Board of Directors (1995-2007)

  • Alliance of European Research Laboratories (ALERT), member of the Board of Directors (1995-2009)

  • Beratende Kommission Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL): member (2000-2004)

  • Centro Stefano Franscini (CSF, Monte Verità): member of the Scientific Advisory Committee (1997-2007)

  • EPFL Press and Information Commission (CPI). Member 1994-94, President 1995-2000


  • Adjunct Editor-in-Chief, Revue française de génie civil (Hermès); founder member (1996-Present). Cette revue est devenue "European Journal of Environmental and Civil Engineering"

  • Editorial Advisory Board, Int. J. Num. Analyt. Meth. in Geomech., John Wiley (1997-2009).

  • Editorial Board, Int. J. of Geomechanics (2000-2009).

  • Editorial Board, Computer & Geotechnics, Elsevier (2001-2009).

  • Editorial Board, Rivista Italiana di Geotecnica (1997-2009).

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