Reid F. Cooper is Professor of Solid Earth Dynamics in the Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences at Brown University, Providence, RI; additionally, he is a member of Brown’s Center for Advanced Materials Research. At Brown now for 11 years, his research emphasizes high-temperature/high-pressure kinetics (reactions and rheology) and non-equilibrium thermodynamics in ceramic/mineral systems with scientific applications in Earth and planetary evolution and technological applications in melt/glass and ceramics dynamics (strength, toughness, phase transformations, electrochemical diffusion).
Publishing over 120 peer-reviewed articles, he holds five patents in the areas of ceramic-matrix composites, extreme float-glass technology and microwave-effected processing of semiconductors. Prior to coming to Brown, Cooper was (for 18 years) Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and of Geophysics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and, before that, Senior Research Scientist at Corning, Inc.
Cooper received his Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Cornell University and his baccalaureate degree in civil engineering from The George Washington University. A member of ACerS continuously since graduate school, Cooper was an associate editor of the Journal of the American Ceramic Society from 1999–2005 and was a member of the ACerS Committee on Phase Equilibria Publications from 2002–2006 and its chair in 2005–2006. He has been previously honored as a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and of the Mineralogical Society of America and has received recognition for his effectiveness as a teacher both at Brown and Wisconsin.