Erich Bauer is a professor at the Institute of Applied Mechanics (IAM), Graz University of Technology, Austria. He completed his postgraduate studies at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany, under the supervision of Prof. G. Gudehus and Prof. D. Kolymbas, and holds a habilitation in Mechanics. Before joining IAM, he worked in a consulting company on research projects in Europe and the United States using the New Austrian Tunneling Method (NATM). Dr. Bauer is a regular reviewer of papers for various international journals, a Ph.D. thesis examiner, a keynote speaker at a large number of international conferences, and a member of different editorial boards. His scientific work focuses on the mechanical properties of granular materials and their constitutive modeling, using classical and higher-order continuum descriptions. His main areas of research are continuum mechanics, experimental investigations, and the constitutive modeling of engineering materials including the long-term behavior of geotechnical structures like rockfill dams. His scientific results have been published in 158 papers and books and presented in 136 oral presentations. Dr. Bauer is the project leader of several national and international scientific-technical initiatives with universities in Europe and Asia. He is also visiting professor at Hohai University, China, and the founder of the international conference series on “Long-term Behaviour of Dams” (LTBD).