Matej Fischinger, born in Ljubljana, Slovenia in 1954 is a Professor of Earthquake Engineering and Reinforced Concrete Structures at the Faculty of Civil Engineering at the University of Ljubljana, where he has got the Ph.D. in 1989. He is a Member of the Slovenian Academic Society of Technical and Natural Sciences, Member of the Scientific Council for Civil Engineering at the Slovenian Research Agency and vice-President of the Slovenian Association for Earthquake Engineering.
His research has been concerned with earthquake resistant design of RC structures and inelastic design procedures (in particular N2 method). His current interest is in the seismic resistance of bridges, RC industrial buildings and structural walls, seismic isolation, performance-based design methodologies, the Eurocode, and the use of information technology in education. His recent research projects in the European Framework programs include PRECAST Structures EC8, SAFECAST – Performance of Innovative Mechanical Connections in Precast Building Structures under Seismic Conditions, Shaking table tests and benchmark studies of large scale models of structurals walls, and VAST-IMAGE – Variable Stiffness Seismic Isolators based on Magnetically Controlled Elastomer. He has been European international partner in the NEES project Seismic Performance of Bridge Systems with Conventional and Innovative Materials, testing a large-scale bridge on 3 parallel shaking tables. He was a member of the fib – TG 7.4 Seismic Design and Assessment Procedures for Bridges. In 1997 he prepared an efficient interactive Web data base EASY depicting and commenting earthquake damage recorded in the past.
He is the author of 160 technical papers and publications, and he has given several invited lectures in the USA, Canada, Europe, Mexico and Japan. As a designer, consultant or reviewer, he has participated in 70 design projects.