Briaud invited to give two lectures this fall

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 two more lectures at conferences this fall.

He will first give the opening lecture, “Raising the Bar in Geotechnical Engineering,” at the American Society of Civil Engineers Texas Section Conference in Dallas Sept. 11 and the opening keynote lecture, “Geotechnical Risk: What is Acceptable?” at the Geoprofessional Business Association conference in Boston Oct. 11.

Briaud was also invited to give the coveted Osterberg Memorial Lecture at the Deep Foundation Institute Annual Congress this summer and the prestigious Louis Menard Lecture in Paris Sept. 2 at the International Conference of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering.. 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.