Robert A. Brown
- This page is about the university president. For the mining industry person see Robert A. "Volcanic" Brown.
|Robert A. Brown|
|Tenth President of Boston University|
|Term||2005 – Present|
|Predecessor||Aram V. Chobanian|
|Provost of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology|
|Term||1998 – 2005|
|Successor||L. Rafael Reif|
|Born||July 22, 1951|
|Alma mater||University of Texas at Austin
University of Minnesota
Brown is a chemical engineer by training. A native of San Antonio, Texas, he received his B.S. and M.A. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1979.
In 1979, Brown joined the faculty of MIT as assistant professor. He worked at MIT for 25 years before moving across the Charles River to become the president of Boston University. During his tenure at MIT, he served as Warren K. Lewis Professor of Chemical Engineering, co-director of the MIT Supercomputer Facility, Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering, and Dean of Engineering. In 1998, he became the provost of MIT.
Brown was selected as the 10th president of Boston University in May, 2005. He was inaugurated in September, 2005, succeeding Aram V. Chobanian, who served as President from October 2003 until June 2005.
Brown became an honorary citizen of Singapore in January 2006. In February 2006, President George W. Bush appointed President Brown to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), a panel established to maintain a steady stream of expert advice from the private sector and the academic community on a wide range of scientific and technical matters. Brown is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a director of E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company. He is also a member of the Board of the Aalto University.
Brown lives in Brookline with his wife, Dr. Beverly Brown, who works at Boston University as director of development for the Center for Global Health & Development and the Office of Technology Development. They have two grown sons.
Awards and honors
- 4x Outstanding Faculty Award, Department of Chemical Engineering, M.I.T. (1980, 1983, 1985, 1988)
- The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Teacher-Scholar Award (1983)
- Young Author Award, American Association of Crystal Growth (1984)
- Allan P. Colburn Award, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (1986)
- Elected to the National Academy of Engineering (1991)
- Professional Progress Award, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (1996)
- Professional Progress Lecture, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (1997)
- Elected to the National Academy of Sciences (2001)
- Named Honorary Citizen of the Republic of Singapore (2006)
- Named one of the 100 Most Influential Chemical Engineers of the Modern Era by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (2008)