Professor Briant's research interests center on mechanical properties of materials and how these properties can be explained by various microstructural elements.
Clyde L. Briant is Brown University's recently appointed vice president for research. Briant, the Otis E. Randall University Professor at Brown, succeeds Professor Andries van Dam. The vice president for research has senior responsibility for all aspects of research at Brown. Briant will work closely with faculty and the academic administration to foster internal and external academic centers, groupings and relationships which will enhance and extend the University's research efforts. He will oversee the University's intellectual property policies, its efforts to identify transferable intellectual property, and its Office of Sponsored Projects. Professor Briant most recently served as Dean of the Division of Engineering. 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. At the start of his career he worked extensively with steel and nickel alloys, but more recently he has been involved in research on light weight alloys.
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