David R. Brown is an emeritus professor of chemistry at Southwestern College, one of the 116 California community colleges. Brown holds a B.A. in Chemistry from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, earned a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and undertook postdoctoral research at the University of California, San Diego. He has made broadening participation in the STEM enterprise by groups traditionally underrepresented the centerpiece of his professional efforts. David has served as a Principal Investigator on several NSF grants and subawards that have supported a variety of projects in curriculum and program development, faculty professional development, science outreach to the public and undergraduate research. Furthermore, from August of 2012 through August of 2015, Brown served as a Program Director in the Division of Undergraduate Education at the NSF. His efforts to broaden participation in STEM were honored in 2007 with the Stanley C. Israel Award for Advancing Diversity in the Chemical Sciences from the American Chemical Society Western Region, and in 2012 Brown received the Award for Incorporating Sustainability into Chemistry Education from the American Chemical Society Committee on Environmental Improvement.
David R. Brown
Emeritus Professor of Chemistry