Civil engineering hosts 21st Buchanan Lecture

Photo of Dr. Jean-Louis Briaud with 2013 Buchanan LecturersThe Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University held its 21st Buchanan Lecture Nov. 22 at the College Station Hilton in the Brazos Amphitheater. 

The 2013 Buchanan Lecturer was Dr. Andrew Whittle, the Edmund K. Turner Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Whittle’s lecture was “Importance of Undrained Behavior in the Analysis of Soil-Structure Interactions.”

The 2013 Buchanan Lecture was preceded by the 2012 Terzaghi Lecture delivered by Dr. David E. Daniel, president of the University of Texas at Dallas. The title of Dr. Daniel’s Terzaghi Lecture was “Geoenvironmental Engineering: Problems Solved and Challenges Remaining."

The lecture series is organized by Dr. Jean-Louis Briaud, the Spencer J. Buchanan Chair in Civil Engineering. The annual lecture was started in 1993 to honor Buchanan, who graduated from Texas A&M in 1926 with a civil engineering degree, then founded the Soil Mechanics Division of the civil engineering department at Texas A&M. Buchanan was named professor emeritus in 1969.

More details can be found at https://ceprofs.civil.tamu.edu/briaud/buchanan.html.

Pictured above: Dr. David E. Daniel, president of the University of Texas at Dallas; Dr. Jean-Louis Briaud, Buchanan Chair in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University; and Dr. Andrew J. Whittle, the Edmund K. Turner Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.