Hall of Fame 2017
April S. Brown
April S. Brown received her B.S.E.E. in 1981 from North Carolina State University, and her M.S.E.E. and Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1984 and 1985.
Her career of just over thirty years has included positions in industry, university, and the government. She started her career as an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan in 1985 and joined the Hughes Research Laboratories in 1986 as a Member of the Technical Staff. When she left HRL in 1994 she held the position of Sr. Scientist after holding the positions of Section Head and Project Manager. In addition, she was a Program Manager in the Physics Division at the Army Research Office (ARO) in 1988-1989. She joined Georgia Tech as an Associate Professor in 1994 and held the position of the Pettit Professor in Microelectronics when she left in 2002 to join Duke University. She also served as Associate Dean in the College of Engineering at Georgia Tech from 1999-2001, and Executive Assistant to the President from 2001-2002.
She is currently the John Cocke Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University and holds a secondary appointment in Biomedical Engineering. She served as Department Chair in ECE at Duke from 2002-2006 and Sr. Associate Dean for Research from 2007-2011. She recently held the position of Senior Scientist in the Engineering Sciences Directorate at ARO for 2 years.
Her research focus is on the synthesis and design of electronic materials for devices and the properties of hybrid semiconductor-based nanostructures. She is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.