Briaud invited to give Menard Lecture in Paris

Photo of Dr. Jean-Louis BriaudDr. Jean-Louis Briaud, the Spencer J. Buchanan Chair in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been invited to give the prestigious Louis Menard Lecture in Paris Sept. 2 at the International Conference of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering.

"Menard was a pioneer in my field and died very young of bone cancer," Briaud said. "I visited with him once two weeks before he died while I was a Ph.D. student. I am delighted to be able to honor him by sharing 35 years later some of my work on the pressuremeter, a special tool that has been an interest of mine for many years and that is used extensively in France."

Briaud was also invited to give the coveted Osterberg Memorial Lecture at the Deep Foundation Institute Annual Congress this Summer. Earlier this year, Briaud received the Aytaliev Honorable Medal of Kazakhstan, the highest honor bestowed upon a geotechnical engineer by Kazakhstan. This was Briaud's third international award, along with the G. Geoffrey Meyerhof Award from Canada and his election to the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences.

Briaud is president of ISSMGE, the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, the preeminent professional body representing the interests and activities of engineers, academics and contractors all over the world who actively participate in geotechnical engineering.

Briaud received his master's and Ph.D. degrees in geotechnical engineering in Canada and joined the Texas A&M faculty in 1978. He is registered professional engineer and a member of several professional societies including the ASCE, American Society of Testing Materials, and the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Foundational Engineering. He has been honored several times for his pioneering work on soil erosion, bridge scour and numerous contributions to the field of geotechnical engineering.