Jean-Louis Briaud, recently named a Distinguished Member of the ASCE

Texas A&M Civil Engineering Chair Named

Distinguished Member of American Society of Civil Engineers

Reston, Va - Jean-Louis Briaud, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE., Dist.M.ASCE was recently named a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The society's highest accolade, to date only 649 of ASCE's worldwide members have been elected to receive this honor since the society's founding in 1852.

Briaud will be recognized for his varied and pioneering contributions in the field of geotechnical engineering and for his eminent leadership and international service to the geotechnical engineering profession. He will receive the award at the ASCE Global Engineering Conference in Panama City, Panama, Oct. 7-11, 2014.
Throughout his career, he has explored and solved engineering problems that have had a significant economic impact and filled voids in past research. Among his valuable contributions, Briaud's work on foundation engineering, on bridge scour and soil erosion, and more recently on vehicle crash protection truly stands out. It has led to the publication of two books on "the pressuremeter" in 1992 and on "geotechnical engineering: unsaturated and saturated soils" in 2013.

Currently, Briaud is the Spencer J. Buchanan chair professor in the Texas A&M Zachry department of civil engineering, a position he has held since 2002. As a professor over the last 40 years, Briaud has contributed to the education of over 2000 undergraduate students, 90 master students and 51 doctoral students.

In addition to his professional accomplishments, Briaud is a dedicated member of ASCE and other professional organizations. He has served in several leadership roles, including president of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering.

Briaud holds a doctorate in geotechnical engineering from the University of Ottawa and a master's degree from the University of New Brunswick.

Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 145,000 civil engineers worldwide and is America’s oldest national engineering society.