Reid F. Cooper Professor of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences

I graduated with a B.S. in civil engineering from George Washington University in 1977 and completed my Ph.D. in materials science and engineering at Cornell University in 1983. My doctoral work involved the application of mechanical-properties theory and experiment to problems in geophysics and tectonics; in this context I pursued, too, formal education in Earth science. Upon completion of my doctorate, I was a Senior Research Scientist for Corning Glass Works, studying the physics and chemistry of glass-ceramics, of refractory ceramic composites and of silicate melts, garnering a number of patents. Prior to joining the faculty in Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences at Brown in 2003, I spent 17 years as a professor in materials science and engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Within that time, I also enjoyed sabbatical appointments in geological sciences at Caltech and in the materials research division at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

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