Distinguished Professor Dr. James E. Hubbard, Jr. and friends, family and colleagues of Alexander Nicholas Brown ’08 ’10 established the Alexander Brown Memorial Graduate Fund in June 2011 to support a graduate student in the Department of Aerospace Engineering.
Alexander Nicholas Brown B.S. ’08, M.S. ’10 worked 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. In December 2010 he was awarded a Masters Degree and stayed to pursue his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering.
His 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 safe. In recognition of his outstanding research and leadership, Alex was awarded the NIA Martin L. Drews Scholarship.
Alex was well known for his energy and great leadership. He was optimistic and upbeat, even under intense pressure. He radiated positive feelings that created resonance. Alex knew that coming together was just a beginning, that staying together was progress, and that working together created success. He inspired others through courage and hope and encouraged others to continue the quest for success and innovation. Alex passed away on May 12, 2011. He was a superior leader who leaves behind a legacy of conviction, will and perseverance. The philosopher Lao-Tzu best described Alex’s leadership ability when he said: “Superior 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.”
Alex will be deeply missed. In order to honor his memory, University of Maryland Distinguished Professor Dr. James E. Hubbard, Jr. and other friends, family and colleagues established, through the University of Maryland College Park Foundation, Inc., an endowed fund to support a graduate student in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park.