Dieter D. Genske studied Civil Engineering and Geology in Germany and the United States. After receiving his Master Diploma in Civil Engineering and a second Master Diploma in Geology, he wrote his PhD-Thesis on deriving safety factors in geotechnics. Thereafter, Dieter D. Genske focussed on engineering problems, first as Humboldt Research Fellow in Kyoto, then for Deutsche Montan Technologie DMT. He has been holding professorial appointments at a number of universities including TU Delft, the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne EPFL (the ETH Lausanne), the ETH-Zurich and presently at Nordhausen University of Applied Sciences. As guest professor he has taught at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa), University of Kyoto (Japan), University of Kyushu (Japan), University of Liechtenstein, Université Catholique de Lyon (France), INSA Institut National des Sciences Appliquées (France) and Pattimura University Ambon (Indonesia). He has been involved in major geotechnical and urban planning projects including the new parliament quarter in Berlin, the International Building Exhibition IBA Emscher Park, the project “Basel on its Way Towards the 2000-Watt-Society”, the International Building Exhibition IBA Hamburg and the Lake Constance Alpine Rhine Energy Region. Dieter D. Genske published ten books, nine editions and numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals. In 2012, he and his team received the European Solar Prize.