Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Alber

Diplom-Geologist, MSc Mining Engineering

The academic degree Diplom-Geologist has been awarded on May 31, 1988 from Stuttgart University, Germany.

Der academic degree Master of Science (Mining Engineering) has been awarded on December 5, 1993 from Pennsylvania State University (USA).

The academic degree Dr. of Engineering (Dr.-Ing.) has been awarded on Decembert 15, 1998 from the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Applied Geosciences at the Technical University Berlin (Germany).

The ministry for education, science and research of Northrhine-Westfalia appointed on September 19, 2001 the position as Full University Professor for Engineering Geology & Rock Engineering at Ruhr-Universty Bochum, Germany. Prof. Alber retired from Ruhr-University on Febr. 29, 2020.

The chamber of Commerce and Industry Dortmung awarded the publicly appointed and sworn expertise in the area of Engineering Geology and Rock Mechanics on December 3, 2014. The re-certification was on December 4, 2019. The certification agency is the Industrie- und Handelskammer zu Dortmund, Märkische Straße 120, D-44141 Dortmund, Germany. Tel.: +49-231 5417-0, Fax: +49-231 5417-109. E-Mail:


Engineering Geology & Rock Mechanics

Basis of all rock engineering works is the appropriate description of the geology (the geological model). The next step is the engineering geology task of estimating the rock mass properties in order to create the geotechnical model. Only then it is possible to excersice geology-based rock mechanical and rock engineering design tasks. Generally, the tasks involve the assessment of the stability of surface and subsurface structures in rock as well as the selection of the appropriate excavation and support methods.