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Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering Technology Metropolitan State University of Denver
Dr. Aaron Brown is an associate professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver in the Department of Mechanical Engineering Technology. He is the Principal Investigator for two grants from National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). His Colorado Space Consortium grant funds a hands-on program for MSU Denver students including electric car conversion and robotics projects. Dr. Brown’s NASA Colorado Undergraduate Retention in Science and Engineering (COURSE) award engages students in a hands on project and involvement in a statewide challenge.
Dr. Brown holds a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder and a PhD in Civil Systems Engineering also from the University of Colorado Boulder. His work is primarily focused in the realm of appropriate design and humanitarian engineering. He has worked on development projects all over the globe. His international work includes projects in Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Hungary, The Galapagos Islands, India, China and Peru. An example of his humanitarian engineering work in these regions, Professor Brown took students to Costa Rica where he directed a community project that designed a solar water heating system for a local school and built thermal composters. In the Dominican Republic he is working with students and a local NGO to provide clean water for a community with low resources and in the Galapagos he is working on a collaborative effort to study the relationship between development and conservation. His most recently recognized humanitarian engineering project is focused locally in Denver where he is implementing the installation of solar furnaces he designed to help a low income community reduce their energy bills. This project was recently featured on National Public Radio (NPR), the Denver Post and earned him the title "Community Game Changer of the Month" from CBS Denver. He also was recently nominated for the Carnegie U.S. Professor of the Year award and the Presidential Award for STEM mentoring. Previous to his academic career Aaron Brown worked in the aerospace industry on such projects as the Mars Curiosity landing mechanism and Hubble robotics mission. He directs undergraduate research projects in the aerospace arena including projects in: robotics, electric vehicle design, energy harvesting, and solar design.