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Rafael Bras

Provost & Executive Vice-President for Academic Affairs

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

Prior to becoming provost, Bras was distinguished professor and dean of the Henry Samueli School of Engineering at the University of California, Irvine. 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 the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is 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. He has served as advisor to many government and private institutions, including:

  • Advisory Board, Engineering Directorate, National Science Foundation
  • 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
  • Advisor to departments at Cornell University, Princeton University, Johns Hopkins University, Technion, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, University of Puerto Rico, University of California-Irvine, FundaciĆ³n Chile, Istituto Veneto, and the Stockholm Water Foundation and Prize
  • Director, American Geophysical Union (AGU)


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