Clyde L. Briant Otis Everett Randall University Professor of Engineering

Clyde L. Briant is Otis E. Randall University Professor and Professor of Engineering at Brown University.   From 2003-2006 he served of Dean of Engineering at Brown and from 2006-2013 he served as Vice President for Research.  Prior to joining the Brown faculty in 1994, Briant worked at the GE Research and Development Center (1976-1994). He received his Doctor of Engineering Science degree in materials science from Columbia University in 1974 and was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Pennsylvania from 1974 to 1976. His primary research interest has been in the area of structural materials, and more recently has begun to study engineering design and the evolution of innovative technological systems. In engineering education, he seeks to provide an education for the public engineer, that is an engineer who is extremely well-versed technically and who is also concerned about the societal impact and public understanding of engineering achievements.  He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

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Research Areas

scholarly work

Agarwal, S., Briant, C.L., Hector, L.G., Jr., and Chen, Y-L, “Friction Stir Processed AA5182-O and AA6111-T4 Aluminum Alloys.  Part 1:  Electron Backscattered Diffraction Analysis,” J. Materials Engineering Performance, 16, 391 (2007).

Agarwal, S., Briant, C.L., Krajewski, P.E., Bower, A.F., and Taleff, E.M., “Experimental Validation of Two-Dimensional Finite Element Method for Simulating Constitutive Response of Polycrystals During High Temperature Plastic Deformation,”  J. Materials Engineering and Performance, 16, 170 (2007).

C. L. Briant and K.S. Kumar, "Hydrogen Embrittlement of Grade 2 and Grade 3 Titanium in 6% Sodium Chloride Solution," Corrosion, 54, 553 (1998).

R. Bai, C. L. Briant, D.C. Paine, and J.R. Beresford, "Investigation of the Annealing Texture Evolution in Hafnium," Metall. and Materials Trans. A, 29A, 757 (1998).

O. Horacsek, C. L. Briant, and K. Horacsek, "Effect of Heating Rate on the Recrystallization Behavior of Doped Tungsten," High Temperature Materials and Processes, 16, 15 (1997).

C. L. Briant, G. Unsal, and R.B. Kaspar, "Grain Growth in Tungsten Rod," Interface Science, 4, 81 (1996).

C. L. Briant, "Solid Solubility and Grain Boundary Segregation," Phil. Mag. Letters, 73, 345 (1996).

research overview

Professor Briant's research interests have centered on mechanical properties of materials and how these properties can be explained by various microstructural elements. More recently he has begun to examine issues in engineering design and the evolution of innovative technological systems.

research statement

 

Professor Briant is works in research areas that examine engineering design and the evolution of innovative technological systems.    He also seeks to provide an education for the public engineer, that is an engineer who is technically extremely well-versed and who is also concerned about the societal impact and public understanding of engineering achievements.