Academy of Distinguished Alumni

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Dan A. Brown

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 1985
M.S.C.E., Georgia Institute of Technology, 1977
B.S.C.E., Georgia Institute of Technology, 1976

Dan Brown is recognized as one of America’s leading authorities on the construction and design of deep foundations for transportation structures. He has had an outstanding career in both academia and consulting engineering. After earning his M.S., he worked for a private geotechnical consulting firm, Soil Testing Engineers, Inc. in Baton Rouge, becoming Chief Engineer.

In 1987, he began a long, distinguished career as a geotechnical engineering professor at Auburn University. After 22 years on the faculty, he founded his consulting firm, Dan Brown and Associates, and now serves as President and Principal.

With his company, he has conducted consulting projects across the US on bridge foundations on many large bridges. Notable projects include the Biloxi Bay Bridge Replacement (Biloxi/Ocean Springs, LA), I-35W Bridge Replacement (Minneapolis, MN), John James Audubon Bridge (New Roads, LA), and Bond Memorial Bridge (Kansas City, MO). Brown’s work has been recognized with the Distinguished Service Award of the Deep Foundations Institute, the ASCE Martin Kapp Foundation Engineering Award, the Walter L. Huber Research Prize, and the Outstanding Service Award of ADSC, the International Association of Foundation Drilling.

He has always been willing to share his knowledge of foundation design/construction and geotechnical engineering with others. He has over 90 technical publications, books and research reports to his credit. Brown is an instructor and co-developer of National Highway Institute courses in drilled shaft design and construction, and driven pile instruction. Following in the footsteps of his former UT professor, Lymon Reese, and his colleague, Mike O’Neill, he recently co-authored the Federal Highway Administration manual entitled “Drilled Shafts: Construction Procedures and LRFD Design Methods.”

He and his wife Barbara entertain their grandchildren and occasional wayward motorcyclists at their home in the Tennessee mountains near Chattanooga.

Inducted October 26, 2012