Jean-Louis Briaud, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE., Dist.M.ASCE, is honored by ASCE for his varied and pioneering contributions in the field of geotechnical engineering and for his eminent leadership and international service to the geotechnical engineering profession. Professor and holder of the Spencer J. Buchanan Chair in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University, Briaud has focused his research on important engineering problems that have significant economic impact and has taken a long-term view to produce results that really make a difference. He has made valuable contributions to site investigation technology through his research on the pressuremeter, leading to the design and patenting of an improved device. This multiyear, systematic study culminated in a textbook, The Pressuremeter, which remains the definitive source on the topic. Briaud collected and interpreted an extensive database of pile load tests in clays and sands, including analyses of the effects of cyclic loading and rate of loading, residual stresses in piles after driving, and soil downdrag on piles, to name a few examples. He has always maintained an active role in professional organizations at the local, national, and international level. His service has included being vice president, president, and director of the local ASCE Brazos Branch; this is in addition to being a member and chair of numerous ASCE committees as well as of the American Society for Testing and Materials, the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Engineering, and serving on numerous organizing committees for conferences and symposia. Past president of ASCE’s Geo-Institute, Briaud also served as president of the United States University Council on Geotechnical Education and Research. However, the pinnacle of his service to date is his 4-year tenure as president of the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, which concluded in 2013.
Briaud Elected to the Grade of Distinguished Member
April 1, 2014