Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering

Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Christos Vrettos


Gebäude 14 , Raum 415
67663 Kaiserslautern


Tel.: +49 631 205-2930

Personal Data

1960           born in Athens                                                                                                                                                



1978   High school diploma for university entrance, Deutsche Schule Athen (Dörpfeld Gymnasium)
1978 - 1983Civil engineering studies at the University Karlsruhe; area of specialisation: structural engineering                            
1983Diploma (Dipl.-Ing.)


Employment History

1984 - 1989 Research Associate, Division of Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering, University of Karlsruhe
1989Research Fellow, Department of Civil Engineering, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan       
1990Visiting Scientist, Department of Civil Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, U.S.A.
1990 - 1996Senior Lecturer (C2), Division of Foundation Engineering and Soil Mechanics, Technical University of Berlin
1997 - 1998Consulting Engineer in Berlin
1997 - 2003Privat-Dozent at the Technical University of Berlin
1998 - 2000Project Manager, Department of Infrastructure Projects / Project Management, Philipp Holzmann Planung GmbH, Frankfurt/Main
2000 - 2004Senior Project Manager, Consulting Office GuD Geotechnik und Dynamik Consult GmbH, Berlin
2003 - 2010Professor without Regular Chair at the Technical University of Berlin
since 2004University Professor (C4) for Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering at the Technical University Kaiserslautern


Academic Degrees

1988           Doctorate (Dr.-Ing.) at the Department of Civil Engineering and Surveying, University of Karlsruhe                        
1997Habilitation (Dr.-Ing. habil.) in the field of Soil Mechanics and Foundation Dynamics at the Technical University of Berlin

Membership in Committees

CEN/TC 250/SC 7  Eurocode 7

CEN/TC 250/SC 8  Eurocode 8

DIN 1054 Soil - Verification of the safety of earthworks and foundations

DIN 4017 Soil - Calculation of design bearing capacity of soil beneath shallow foundations

DIN 4018 Soil- Calculation of the bearing pressure distribution under spread foundations

DIN 4019 Soil - Analysis of settlements

DIN 4084 Soil - Calculation of embankment failure and overall stability of retaining structures

DIN 4085 Soil - Calculation of earth pressure

DIN 4149 Buildings in german earthquake areas –- Design loads, analysis and structural design

DIN 4150 Vibrations in buildings - Part 1: Prediction of vibration parameters

Working Group 1.4 of the German Geotechnical Society on "Soil Dynamics"


Reviewer for Funding Agencies

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)

Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung

Israel Science Foundation

Irish Research Council, Irland

Swiss National Science Foundation, Schweiz

Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung (FWF), Österreich

Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft FFG, Österreich

General Secretariat for Research and Technology, Greece

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada


Editorial Activities

Head of the Editorial Board of the journal  "geotechnik"

Reviewer for internationbal journals (regularly): Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering; Bulletin of Earhquake Engineering; International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics; Computers and Geotechnics; Geotechnical and Geological Engineering

Reviewer for international journal (occasionally): link

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