Gries, born in Cologne, Germany, in 1964, studied at the RWTH Aachen University,
He holds a diploma degree in mechanical engineering and economics and a doctorate in mechanical engineering.
From 1995 to 2001, he worked at Lurgi Zimmer AG, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, at the Department of Technologies for Fibres&Textiles in leading positions.
From April 2001 onwards, he is Director of the Institut für Textiltechnik (ITA) of RWTH Aachen University.
The honoris causa Professorship of Lomonossow University is the most distinguished scientific award of Russia given for his achievement of tailored reinforcements.