Briaud gives three lectures in Russia

Photo of Briaud with Rector LitvinenkoDr. Jean-Louis Briaud, the Spencer J. Buchanan Chair in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University, recently gave three invited lectures in St. Petersburg, Russia.

One talk was given at the Vladimir Ulitsky Symposium on the topic, “Anchored Walls: Full Scale Experiment and Design.” A second talk was given to the fourth-year Mining University of Russia students on the topic, “Unsaturated Soil Behavior and Applications.” The third was given to the same class at the Mining University of Russia on the topic, “The Pressuremeter and Foundation Engineering.”

While at the Mining University of Russia, Briaud met at length with the president of the university, Rector Litvinenko, who invited him to be a reviewer for his university status and future progress.

Earlier this year, Briaud was nvited to give the coveted Osterberg Memorial Lecture at the Deep Foundation Institute Annual Congress this Summer. He also 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 past 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.