Jean-Claude Badoux earned his Ph.D. in civil engineering from Lehigh University in 1965 after studying at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich as well as the Technical University in Hannover, Germany. From 1958-1967 Badoux was involved in design and construction projects for private firms as well as the American Government. Since 1967 he has been Technical Advisor and Expert for over one hundred construction projects in Switzerland and other countries. Badoux has been investigation expert for several structural failures and construction accidents and arbitrator in many complex plants and installations. From 1992 to 2000 he was President of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland and has also served as President of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences and the Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects.
In addition to his industry experience Badoux has also been active in academia. He has taught and researched at Lehigh University, the University of California at Davis and at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland. Most recently in September 2007 he was awarded the Anton Tedesko Medal 2007 by the IABSE Foundation Council in recognition of his dedication to excellence in structural engineering and his role as mentor for younger engineers.