Robert Boes studied civil engineering at RWTH Aachen, the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris and the Technical University Munich. After his diploma in 1996, he joined ETH Zurich’s VAW where he obtained a doctorate degree for his research on the hydraulics of stepped spillways in 2000. After a postdoctoral period at VAW, he joined the Civil Engineering Department of TIWAG-Tiroler Wasserkraft AG in Innsbruck, where he was in charge of interdisciplinary projects in the fields of hydraulic engineering, hydropower and flood protection. In 2007, he became head of the Dam Construction Group.
Since 2009, Robert Boes is Professor of Hydraulic Structures at ETH Zurich and Director of VAW. Robert Boes is involved as a consultant in dam and flood protection projects in Switzerland and abroad and is a board member of the Swiss Association of Water Resources Management, the Swiss Committee on Dams and the Energy Science Center at ETH Zurich. He is a steering committee member of the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA), Joint Programme Hydropower and Work Package Leader “Hydropower” in the SCCER-SoE.