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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,[1] while maintaining faculty appointments in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.[2]

Rafael L. Bras
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Georgia Tech Provost Rafael L. Bras
Rafael Luis Bras

1950 (age 68–69)
ResidenceUnited States
Alma mater
AwardsRobert E. Horton Medal
National Academy of Engineering
Scientific career
WebsiteOffice of Provost


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[3] 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 [1].

On July 15, 2010, Bras was named provost of the Georgia Institute of Technology.[1][4]

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  1. ^ a b "Rafael Bras Named Georgia Tech Provost". Georgia Institute of Technology. 2010-07-07. Retrieved 2011-07-10.
  2. ^ Bras, Rafael. "K. Harrison Brown Family Chair". Retrieved 3 February 2014.
  3. ^ Thomson ISI. "Rafael L. Bras, ISI Highly Cited Researchers". Retrieved 31 January 2014.
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  5. ^ Bras, Rafael. "Anthony J. Drexel Exceptional Achievement Award". Retrieved 4 February 2014.

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