Hall of Distinction Class of 1978-1979

Dr. Brian is recognized for his accomplishments both as professor of chemical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and as a successful industrial executive.

After receiving his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from LSU in 1951, Dr. Brian enrolled at MIT where he received his doctor of science degree in 1956. He became an assistant professor at MIT even before receiving the doctorate.

During his tenure on the MIT faculty, Dr. Brian taught and directed research, specializing in transport phenomena, desalination, and applied chemical kinetics. He published fifty articles and authored one textbook which has been widely adopted throughout the country.

In 1972, Dr. Brian became vice-president for engineering at Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. At the present time, he is corporate vice-president and a member of the Board of Directors.

Dr. Brian has served on advisory boards of two American Chemical Society publications, Industrial and Engineering Chemistry and Desalination. Among other honors he was named an Overseas Fellow at Churchill College in Cambridge ion 1969. In 1973, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers honored him with the Professional Progress Award in Chemical Engineering. HE was elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering in 1975.