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Bacardi and Stockholm Water Foundations Professor/Department Head
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Room 1-290
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307

Phone: 617-253-2117
FAX: 617-253-4546
Email: rlbras@mit.edu
URL: http://web.mit.edu/civenv/

BS MIT 1972
MS MIT 1974

Picture of Rafael L. Bras
Rafael L. Bras

Description of Research
Dr. Bras' main interests are fluvial geomorphology, hydroclimatology and use

of digitized topographic and precipitation data in distributed rainfall-runoff

modeling. Why do river basins develop in regular tree patterns and what is the

relation between form and function? Morphology and hydrology are intertwined.

We try to discover regularities in river and landscape forms and to elucidate

principles and processes that lead to described patterns and to build models

that mimic nature. The promise of this work lies on the understanding of

landscape changes, evolution, and associated uses of remote sensing, digital

elevation maps, and inference of river basin response.

Recent Papers or Publications
Bras, Rafael L. and Ignavio Rodriguez-Iturbe, Random Functions and Hydrology,

Dover Publications, 1994.

Bras, Rafael L., Hydrology: An Introduction to Hydrologic Science, Addison

Wesley, 1990.

Special Honors or Awards
MIT Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award, February 2000

William Mong Distinguished Lecture, 1999-2000, The University of Hong Kong

Albert Baez Jr. Award and the Outstanding Educator Award of the

Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference, 1999

1999 Horton Lecturer, American Meteorological Society

1998 Clarke Prize Laureate for Outstanding Achievement in Water Science and Technology

Named Top 100 Most Influential Hispanics, Hispanic Business, 1997

Bacardi and Stockholm Water Foundations Professor, MIT, 1995-present

Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers, 1994

1993 Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize, ASCE

Fellow, American Meteorological Society, 1992

Honoris Causa Laurea, Instituto di Idraulica Agraria, Universita Degli Studi di Perugia, Italy, 1992

William E. Leonhard Professorship, MIT, 1989-1995

American Geophysical Union, James B. Macelwane Award, 1982

Fellow, American Geophysical Union, 1982

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, 1982

American Geophysical Union, Horton Award, 1981

Gilbert Winslow Career Development Chair, MIT, 1979-1982

Tau Beta Pi, Chi Epsilon, Sigma Xi

Graduate Fellowship from Puerto Rico's Economic Development Administration

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