The Alexander Brown Memorial Graduate Fund

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About Alexander Brown

Alex BrownAlexander Brown was most recently at the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) as a Graduate Research Assistant with the University of Maryland. He originally came to NIA in July 2008, shortly after completing his undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland. He was awarded a Masters Degree in December 2010 and stayed to pursue his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering.

His current work was innovative and involved using small synthetic jet arrays to control and modify the boundary layer on wings. In this role he worked in collaboration with the Physics and Controls Branch at NASA Langley. In short, he was part of a forward-thinking team exploring ways to make the next generation of aerospace vehicles more efficient and safer. More details about Alex and his work can be found on the morpheus website. Alex was recently awarded the NIA Martin L. Drews Scholarship for his outstanding research and leadership.

Alex was well known for his energy and great leadership potential. He was optimistic and upbeat, even under intense pressure, he radiated the positive feelings that created resonance. Alex Brown knew that coming together was just a beginning, that staying together was progress, and working together created success.  He inspired others through courage and hope and encouraged others to continue the quest for success and innovation. Alex Brown was a leader who leaves behind him in others the conviction and the will to carry on. Alex Brown was a superior leader. Lao-Tzu best described Alex’s leadership ability when he said:

newsletterSuperior leaders get things done with very little motion. They impart instruction not through many words, but through a few deeds. They keep informed about everything but interfere hardly at all. They are catalysts, and though things would not get done as well if they were not there, when they succeed they take no credit. And, because they take no credit, credit never leaves them.

He will be deeply missed.

Learn more about Alex's life and work in the
Alexander Brown Newsletter:


Gift Instructions

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting contributions be made toward a memorial scholarship in honor of Alex - "The Alexander Brown Memorial Scholarship".

If Paying By Check

  • Make payable to:
    “University of Maryland College Park Foundation”
  • In the memo please put:
    “for Alex Brown Memorial Scholarship”
  • Send to:
    Office of External Relations
    3212 Kim Engineering Building
    University of Maryland
    College Park, MD 20742
    Attention: Giving

If Paying by Credit Card

  • Go directly to the UMD Giving Alex Brown Memorial Graduate Fund page where you can donate a gift to support the Alexander Brown Memorial Graduate Fund, or...
  • If you reach the page by going to the main engineering giving website UMD Clark School Giving page, go to the bottom of the page to “Other Priorities Under this School or Program” and type in “Alexander Brown.”
  • Either of these methods should take you to the page where you can insert the amount you wish to give.
  • Complete the form and click on “Customize this Gift” where you can click “On Behalf of” and put in the information where the tribute card can be sent on your behalf.
  • The family will be sent a list of donors to the memorial fund but if you wish to have a tribute card sent, the address to include in the text box is:
    Randy and Patricia Brown
    6311 Mt. Phillip Rd.
    Frederick, MD 2170

If you have questions or have any difficulties regarding sending a contribution to the memorial scholarship in honor of Alex, please contact Chelsea Brown at crb@umd.edu , or call 301-405-2799.

Thank you for honoring Alex and remembering us in this most difficult time.