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      Celebrating Our Successful Young Alums

      As Engineering Alumnus Kevin Brown Makes Strides Professionally, He Shares His Journey With Students

      Kevin Brown, ’04, ’14

      School of Engineering alumnus Kevin Brown has been recognized nationally for his efforts to mentor the next generation of engineers.

      After receiving degrees in civil engineering from Widener (B.S. in 2004 and M.S. in 2014), Kevin Brown has maintained strong ties to the university.

      Brown currently works at Urban Engineers, where he manages multi-million dollar heavy highway and bridge construction projects, as well as a team of transportation construction inspectors. In addition, Brown makes time to give back to his industry and his university through mentorship and board and organization work.

      For his many efforts, Brown was recently awarded the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Outstanding Practitioner Advisor Award, given to only a select few practitioner advisors nationwide. He serves as an industry mentor for Widener's student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and in this role, he offers students professional advice and helps link them to networking, employment and scholarship opportunities.

      “I give back to Widener students because I am very interested in the success of those students who are in the same position I was in what seems like only yesterday. I give back mainly by being available to them to answer questions about ASCE, job opportunities or their resumes. They know that if they reach out to me, I'll get back to them shortly. I believe that anyone can say they're a mentor, but what makes it a reality is when you're actually there for students when they need you.”

      Brown credits Widener for giving him the ability to move ahead in his industry. He was not “coddled,” he said. “I was given just the right tools to be able to go out and speak with potential employers and obtain a co-op position.” He also says his graduate classes helped him excel. “I was working and taking classes, and it allowed me to correlate what I was doing in class to the construction I was managing in the field; it helped me grasp why certain components of the bridge structure was designed the way it was.”

      In addition to his involvement with ASCE, Brown is also a member of the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) and the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). He has served on the board of the American Society of Civil Engineers Younger Member Forum for the past five years and is the current president. He is a board member of both the Engineers' Club of Philadelphia and the ACE Mentor Program. He was named one of the 2015 Outstanding ACE Mentors and recently named the Eastern Region ASCE Outstanding Practitioner Advisor, in addition to the national award he received.

      Brown said that he himself has had exceptional mentors to model his own behavior after. One of his first mentors was Dr. Vicki Brown, chair of civil engineering at Widener.


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