| Rafael Bras|
| Civil Engineering
Water Resources Systems|
Georgia Institute of Technology
University of California Irvine
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Colegio San Ignacio de Loyola
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1975)
Random Functions and Hydrology, Hydrology
Guggenheim Fellowship for Natural Sciences, US & Canada
Robert E. Horton Medal, National Academy of Engineering
United States of America
Rafael L. Bras Wikipedia
Rafael Luis Bras (born 1950) is a Puerto Rican civil engineer best known for his contributions in soil-vegetation-atmosphere system modeling. He currently serves as the provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology, while maintaining faculty appointments in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.
Bras a native of Puerto Rico studied at MIT, where he received a bachelor's (1972), a master's in civil engineering (1974), and a science doctorate in water resources and hydrology (1975). On completion of his doctorate, he worked for a time as an assistant professor at the University of Puerto Rico school of engineering, and performed some consulting work on the island.
He returned to MIT in July 1976, where he has served for more than 32 years as a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and held an appointment in the Departments of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences. He is a past chair of the MIT faculty, former head of the Civil and Environmental Engineering department, and director of the Ralph M. Parsons Laboratory at MIT.
As an engineering hydrologist, his major areas of interest include land-atmosphere interactions and geomorphology. He is considered one of the world's leading experts in global warming, and has also served as a professional consultant in multiple projects around the world.
He is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Geophysical Union, the Boston Society of Civil Engineers, and a member of the International Association for Hydraulic Research and the American Meteorological Society. He is also a registered professional engineer in several states. He is listed as an ISI highly cited researcher by Institute for Scientific Information in Ecology/Environment, Engineering.
On April 24, 2008, Bras was appointed as dean of The Henry Samueli School of Engineering at the University of California, Irvine, effective September 1, 2008 .
On July 15, 2010, Bras was named provost of the Georgia Institute of Technology.Corresponding Member, National Academy of Sciences of Mexico, 2011
Anthony J. Drexel Exceptional Achievement Award, 2010
National Academy of Arts and Sciences of Puerto Rico, 2009
James R. Killian Jr. Faculty Achievement Award, MIT, 2008
Simon W. Freese Environmental Engineering Award and Lecture, ASCE, 2008
Honorary Diplomate of Water Resources Engineering, American Academy of Water Resources Engineers, 2007
Robert E. Horton Medal, AGU, 2007
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2006
Corresponding Member, National Academy of Engineering, Mexico, 2004
Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Award Hall of Fame, 2003
NASA Public Service Medal, 2002
National Academy of Engineering, 2001
Clarke Prize Laureate for Outstanding Achievement in Water Science and Technology, 1998
Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers, 1994
Walter Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize, ASCE, 1993
Fellow, American Meteorological Society, 1992
Honoris Causa Laurea, Instituto di Idraulica Agraria, Universita Degli Studi di Perugia, Italy, 1992
James B. Macelwane Medal of the American Geophysical Union, 1982
Fellow, American Geophysical Union, 1982
John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, 1982
Horton Award, American Geophysical Union, 1981
Giants in Science Award of the Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) Mathematics, Science and Engineering Network
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award, MIT
Albert Baez, Jr. Award and the Outstanding Hispanic Educator Award, Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Award Conference
Horton Lecturer, American Meteorological Society
An Introduction to Hydrologic Science, Addison-Wesley, 1990.
Random Functions and Hydrology, with Ignacio Rodriguez-Iturbe, Dover Publications, 1993.