Wolfgang Kröger studied mechanical engineering at the RWTH Aachen and completed his doctorate in 1974, his habilitation thesis followed in 1986. He has been a full professor of Safety Technology at the ETH Zurich since 1990 and director of the Laboratory for Safety Analysis, Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering. Before being elected Founding Rector of the International Risk Governance Council (IRGC), Geneva, in 2003 he headed the nuclear energy and safety research directorate the Swiss Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI). After his retirement in early 2011, he has become the executive director of the newly established ETH Risk Centre and stepped back from this position end of 2014. Presently he is acting as a scientific advisor and consultant on future technical systems including autonomous driving.
His seminal work lies in the area of risk/vulnerability analysis of single large-scale technical systems and complex engineered networks like interdependent critical infrastructures. He has contributed to shaping the sustainability concept and – more recently – the resilience concept and stimulated trans-disciplinary/sectorial research to support decision-making. Inter alia he is an elected member of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences (SATW) heading the topical platform “Autonomous mobility” and has been awarded “Distinguished Affiliate Professor” by the TU Munich. Most recently, he is a member of the International Review Group of the Japanese Nuclear Safety Institute and served on the ad-hoc Advisory Group on “EU Energy Roadmap 2050”. He is a member of the project on Future Energy Systems (ESYS) of three German academies and of the WG on (de-)centralized systems and digitalized energy systems, in particular. He (co-)authored numerous publications in reviewed journals and books, the latest on Radioactive Waste Management, Vulnerable Systems, Networks of Networks, New Ways and Needs for Exploiting Nuclear Energy, and Resilient Structures and Infrastructures, all published by Springer.