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NMSU professor honored by NASA

NASA's National Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Aerospace Academy (SEMAA) Office has awarded Susan W. Brown, director of the Southern New Mexico SEMAA at New Mexico State University, the John M. Hairston Jr. Trailblazer Award.


SNM SEMAA is a collaboration of NASA, the NMSU colleges of education and engineering, public schools and volunteers designed to encourage underrepresented youth groups into the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The Trailblazer Award is SEMMA's most prestigious honor, given annually to an individual who made the most significant contributions to NASA's mission.

For the past 20 years, Brown has been working on improving STEM outreach in New Mexico. She has fostered collaborations between seven colleges at NMSU, which now has 58 STEM programs, and succeeded in serving more than 10,000 students and bringing in more than $1.5 million for the SNM SEMAA program.

As a professor at NMSU, Brown teaches early childhood science education and elementary science methods. For science teachers, she founded Scientifically Connected Communities, a rapidly growing program that provides instructional and supply support from professional scientists.

Besides her work as director of SNM SEMAA for the past six years, Brown also is the president of the New Mexico Math and Science Partnership, director of STEM Outreach at NMSU and sits on the Las Cruces Space Tax STEM Education Advisory Committee.