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Jean-Louis Briaud PhD, PE

Distinguished Professor
Texas A&M University

Jean-Louis Briaud is a Distinguished Professor and Holder of the Buchanan Chair in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University, a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and a Professional Engineer. He received his Bachelor degree in France in 1972 and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Ottawa in Canada in 1979. His expertise is in foundation engineering and more generally geotechnical engineering. He has served as President of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, and President of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Among other awards, he has received the ASCE Ralph Peck Award from the USA, and the CGS Geoffrey Meyerhof Foundation Engineering Award from Canada. Over the last 30 years, Dr. Briaud has conducted about 10 million dollars of research most of which was on foundations and retaining walls. He has supervised 50 PhD students and 90 Master students. He is the author of a book entitled Geotechnical Engineering and one entitled The Pressuremeter; and has published extensively. He plays tennis, jazz piano at the amateur level.

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