Christian Hellmich is full Professor at Technische Universität Wien (TUW, Vienna, Austria), directing there the Institute for Mechanics of Materials and Structures. At TUW, he received his (civil) engineering diploma (1995), his Dr.techn. (PhD, 1999), and his habilitation (2004). Being on leave from his academic position at TUW, he was Postdoctoral Associate at M.I.T. from 2000 to 2002; and over the years, he has held several short-term visiting professorships in France, Italy, and Germany.
Scientifically speaking, he is best known for well-validated (micro)structural mechanical models, in terms of theoretical foundations and applications to bone, to ceramic and cementitious materials (both in the biomedical and the construction/geotechnical sector), to wood, and to soft tissues; and for associated innovative hybrid (i.e. experimental-theoretical) methods.
Also trained as a violinist, he has been active at the crossroads of Science and Arts, from which he takes a broad cultural perspective on the nature of universities and their role in society.
Christian Hellmich has co-authored more than 150 peer-reviewed publications. He serves in editorial roles for several journals, including Journal of Engineering Mechanics (ASCE), Mechanics of Materials, or AIP Applied Physics Reviews. He has provided extensive service to university boards and science foundations, including his role as an ERC panel member. He has been active in various learned societies, in particular so in the Engineering Mechanics Institute of American Society of Civil Engineers (EMI-ASCE), the European Society of Biomechanics, the Materials Research Society (MRS), and the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW). His activities have been recognized through several awards, such as the Zienkiewicz Award of the European Community on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences (ECCOMAS, 2008), an ERC grant (2010), and the Walter L. Huber research prize of ASCE (2012); moreover, he was named Fellow of EMI (2014), and corresponding member of ÖAW (2019).