Dr. Ashland O. Brown is speaker for the Men’s Prayer Breakfast at St. Francis of Assisi

Dr. Ashland O. Brown is speaker for the Men’s Prayer Breakfast at St. Francis of Assisi

Prairie View native son,  Dr. Ashland O. (Rusty) Brown is the speaker for the Men’s Prayer Breakfast on May 18, 2024 at 8:30 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church on 2000 Phillip Street in Prairie View.  Patrons are welcome to participate in the fellowship and the free breakfast and are asked to confirm attendance at stfrancispv@sbcglobal.net or call 936-857-3272.


Dr. Brown was born and raised in Prairie View and is the youngest son of the late Dr. Jonel, a professor in the College of Education and Claudia Brown, a teacher. He began his early education at the Prairie View Training School and Waller ISD schools.  He holds the Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and the Master of Science and the Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Connecticut and a Licensed Professional Engineer.


His impressive career spans more than fifty years as an accomplished engineer, educator, administrator, researcher and entrepreneur, where he made significant contributions to the field of mechanical engineering and higher education in general, and the business world.  His academic experiences include serving as a Professor of Mechanical Engineering the Dean of the School of Engineering at the University of the Pacific, and a professor of Mechanical Engineering and the Dean of the School of Engineering Technology at South Carolina State University.


In addition to his academic acumen, Dr. Brown served as a Program Director at the Engineering Directorate of the National Science Foundation, Engineering Group Manager at General Motors Corporation for design engineers, Principal Engineer and Unit Supervisor at Ford Motor Company, managing design engineers focused on automotive innovations; Research Engineer at Eastman Kodak Company and a Design Engineer at Pratt and Whitney Aircraft Company.


Some of Brown’s professional and civic engagements include membership in American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Society of Engineering Education, Sigma Xi (National Scientific Research Society, Tau Beta Phi National Engineering Honor Society and Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society. His civic engagement include serving as a Program Evaluator for the following accrediting bodies: the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Proposal Evaluator for the National Science Foundation and a member of the Pacific Academic Affairs Committee.


He has been recognized for his contributions to the field of education as Principal Investigator for a National Science Foundation TUES Phase 2 award and the CCLI Phase 1 award both were cash awards totaling more than a half million dollars..  As a published professional, he has Co-authored journal publication: “Online Finite Element Learning Modules as Active Learning Tools” -Advances in Engineering Education, and regularly presented scholarly studies on assessing finite element active learning modules and understanding student improvement, learning styles, gender differences, and ethnic differences and conducted workshops for engineering faculty interested in developing Active Learning Finite Element Learning Modules.


Dr. Brown’s dedication and contribution to education, research, and engineering has left a lasting impact on the academic community and the field of mechanical engineering. His work continues to inspire future generations of engineers and educators.


The Men’s Breakfast is commemorating its 20-plus years at St. Francis of Assisi, and the current team include Donald Sowell (Coordinator), Glenn Berry, Darryl Johnson, Charles Muse, Frederick V. Roberts, Michael Sowell, William Sowell and Herbert Thomas.

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