is a Distinguished Professor at Texas A&M University and the Holder of the Spencer J. Buchanan Chair in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering. His expertise is in foundation engineering and more generally geotechnical engineering. Over the last 30 years, Dr. Briaud has conducted about 10 million dollars of research most of which was on foundations and retaining walls. He has served as President of the Association of Geotechnical Engineering Professors in the USA, President of the Geo-Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers, President of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, and is the current President of the Federation of International Geoengineering Societies. He has supervised 50 Ph.D. students and 90 Master students. He is the author of a new book entitled Geotechnical Engineering and one entitled
; he has published about 300 articles and reports in geotechnical engineering. Among other awards, he has received the ASCE Ralph Peck Award from the USA, the CGS Geoffrey Meyerhof Foundation Engineering Award from Canada, the Honorable Aitalyev Medal from Kazakhstan, and is a member of the National Academy of Natural Sciences in Russia. He received his Bachelor degree in France in 1972 and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Ottawa in Canada in 1979.