Volume 4, Number 3, Winter 1996
William R. Bryant, Outstanding Educator
This fall Dr. William R. Bryant, Texas A&M Professor of Oceanography, received the Outstanding Educator Award from the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies.
Bryant's teaching and research career in oceanography began in 1963 after four years of service in the Air Force as a cryptanalyst. Since that time he has chaired more than 40 masters' committees and over 44 doctoral committees for graduate students.
Over the years he has designed and taught twelve undergraduate and graduate courses, with topics including introductory oceanography, geological oceanography, sediment transport, geological oceanographic techniques, small ocean basins, geotechnical properties, and high resolution marine geophysics.
In addition to his dedication to teaching oceanography students, Bryant spearheaded a course teaching nautical archaeologists to use marine survey techniques and equipment to locate buried shipwrecks.
Bryant includes students in his frequent research cruises in the Gulf of Mexico and the Arctic Ocean. By participating in the cruises, students gain hands-on experience operating oceanographic survey equipment and interpreting survey results.
In presenting Bryant with the award, the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies stated that "it is his devotion to geological research and teaching that energizes him and his students."
Our hearty congratulations to Dr. William Bryant!
Dr. William R. Bryant
Professor of Oceanography
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