Günther Meschke studied civil engineering at TU Wien. There, he received his PhD in 1989 and was awarded the Max Kade Fellowship of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. In 1991 he spent one year as a research fellow at Stanford University. From 1996 to 1998, Meschke was an associate university professor at the Institute for Strength of Materials at TU Wien. In 1998, he was appointed to the Chair of Structural Mechanics at Ruhr University Bochum. From 2001 to 2004, he was executive director at the Institute for Structural Engineering at RUB and, from 2004 to 2006, dean at the Faculty of Civil Engineering. In 2012, he turned down a call to the Graz University of Technology. Günther Meschke has been spokesperson of the Collaborative Research Centre 837 “Interaction Models for Mechanical Tunnelling” since 2012 and spokesperson of the Research Department “Subsurface Modeling and Engineering” since 2014.
Since 2017, he has served in his second period of office as member of the Ruhr University’s Senate, where he is the deputy speaker of the professors’ representation. Meschke is a member of the Austrian Science Council and of various scientific academies, including the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts, the National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech) and the Academia Europaea.
Günther Meschke became Vice-Rector for Research and Transfer at the Ruhr University on 1 November 2021.