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Rafael L. Bras , SC.D. - Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology

Rafael L. Bras

Rafael L. Bras is the provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering and School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. He holds the K. Harrison Brown Family Chair.

Prior to becoming provost, Dr. Bras was Distinguished Professor and Dean of the Henry Samueli School of Engineering of the University of California, Irvine (UCI). For 32 years prior to joining UCI he was a professor in the departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at MIT. He is past Chair of the MIT Faculty, former head of the Civil  Dr. Rafael L. Bras and Environmental Engineering department and Director of the Ralph M. Parsons Laboratory at MIT. He has served as advisor to many government and private institutions.  Some of the most significant include:  Advisory Board, Engineering Directorate, NSF; Board of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, National Research Council; Chairman, Earth Systems Sciences and Applications Committee of NASA and the NASA Advisory Committee; National Academy of Sciences Committee on New Orleans Regional Hurricane Protection Projects; Advisory to departments at Cornell university, Princeton university, Johns Hopkins, Technion, RPI, University of Puerto Rico; the University of California-Irvine.; Instituto Veneto; Stockholm Water Foundation and Prize, and Clarke prize. He is a member of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board.

Dr. Bras is a director of the American Geophysical Union. He is also in a member of the Board of Trustees of The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research and of the Foundation for Puerto Rico. He has served in the Board of Directors of Fundación Chile and the trustees of the University of California – Irvine Foundation. As Chair of the MIT Faculty, Dr. Bras attended and participated in all the trustees meetings. At Georgia Tech he sits in the Executive Committee of the GT Foundation and in the Board of the GT Research Corporation, GT Global, GT Facilities Inc. and GT Advanced Technology Ventures.

Dr. Bras has received many honors and awards, including: honorary degree for the University of Perugia, Italy; Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Award Hall of Fame member; NASA Public Service Medal; the Macelwane Medal of AGU; John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship; the Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke Prize; Simon W. Freese Environmental Engineering Award; Honorary Diplomate of Water Resources Engineering of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers; Horton Medal of AGU; AGU Hydrology Days Award; and Drexel University’s 2010 Anthony J. Drexel Exceptional Achievement. He is an elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, the Academy of Arts and Sciences of Puerto Rico, and is a corresponding member of the Mexican National Academy of Engineering and the Mexican National Academy of Sciences. He also is an elected Fellow of AGU, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Meteorological Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Dr. Bras maintains an active international consulting practice. Presently he chairs a panel of experts that supervises the design and construction of a multibillion-dollar project to protect the City of Venice from floods. 

Dr. Bras has published two textbooks, over 200 refereed journal publications, and several hundred other publications and presentations.