Susan Brown, research professor and director of the STEM Outreach Center at New Mexico State University, has been named interim dean of the NMSU College of Education.
Brown earned a doctorate and a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from NMSU. She has received several professional awards including the NASA Innovation Program Award, NMSU Research Achievement Award, NASA Trailblazer Award, NASA Pipeline Award, NASA Partnership and Sustainability Award, Outstanding Science Engineering Mathematics and Aerospace Academy Presidential Star Award, and the NASA Explorer Award. Brown has also been recognized as Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and is a Fulbright Scholar. She received the Outstanding Teacher Achievement Award from the New Mexico Legislature in 1996 and the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching in 1994.
During her 19 years at NMSU, Brown has been awarded nearly $23 million in research grants. Most recently, the STEM Outreach Center received a nearly $12 million four-year grant to fund out-of-school time STEM programs in the Las Cruces, Hatch and Gadsden school districts. The grant was awarded by the New Mexico Public Education Department’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program.
According to a recent study, the STEM Outreach Center at New Mexico State University has had an overall economic output of $15 million since 2009, generating more than 200 jobs and contributing positively to Doña Ana County. The center has offered after-school STEM programs to more than 8,000 students in the past year alone.