Brown selected as director of Alabama Power Academic Excellence Program, senior lecturer

Published: Aug 11, 2015 3:00:00 PM
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Cordelia Brown

Cordelia Brown has been named the director of the Alabama Power Academic Excellence Program in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. She will also serve as a senior lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Brown comes to Auburn from Purdue University where she served as an assistant professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and School of Engineering Education.

The program was created in 1997 to assist engineering students in adapting and succeeding in college life. Sponsored by Alabama Power, it supports students throughout the duration of their collegiate career. Study groups, tutoring, professional development and peer counseling are among the activities available for participants.

“I am truly excited Dr. Brown has accepted our offer to lead this important program,” said Christopher B. Roberts, dean of the College of Engineering. “Her experience and knowledge will be a great asset, and I am certain she will promote the college’s mission of ensuring student success in the classroom and beyond.”

Brown earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Tuskegee University in 1999, and moved on to Vanderbilt University to earn her master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering in 2001 and 2005, respectively. While studying at Vanderbilt, Brown was a lead graduate assistant, master teaching fellow, instructor and graduate assistant. After graduating with her doctoral degree, Brown accepted a position as an assistant professor with Purdue in 2008. While at Purdue, Brown provided more than 30 undergraduate and graduate students with short-term research and practicum experiences, including understanding learning differences, teaching strategies and techniques and teaching with technology. She was also a faculty mentor for the National Science Foundation sponsored Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Program in Indiana, National Society of Black Engineers, Purdue Minority in Engineering Program and the Purdue Graduate School eMentoring program.

She has extensive involvement with educational research and minority activities, including experience with the LSAM Program in Tennessee, the Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate, the National Society of Black Engineers and the Purdue University Minority Engineering Program.

Brown succeeds Cheryl Seals, associate professor of computer science and software engineering, who was named the acting director in 2014. Under Seals’ direction, the Alabama Power Academic Excellence Program saw continued student success through the program’s academic support and professional development activities.

“Dr. Seals has done a tremendous job providing the leadership and experience needed to steer our  program,” said Roberts. “Her dedication and loyalty is evident in the positive, rewarding college environment she created for our students. I express my sincere gratitude to her selfless service.”

Seals completed two bachelor’s degrees in mathematics education and computer science from Grambling State University in Louisiana. She also earned a master’s degree in software engineering from North Carolina A&T State University and received her doctorate in computer science from Virginia Tech. She will continue her position in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering as an associate professor.