Toni Smith Brown
Photo courtesy of: Russ College of Engineering and Technology
May 11, 2012
By Leah Nairn
Toni (Smith) Brown, a 1980 industrial and systems engineering graduate of Ohio University's Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology, recently received top honors from the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) for her work in aerospace assembly and automation technology.
Brown, a senior manager for Boeing Research & Technology in Seal Beach, Calif., received the "Celestial Torch Pioneer of the Year" award for her contributions to the aerospace community, commitment to excellence and overall outstanding performance for 25 years in aerospace. She and her team are responsible for technology development and implementation to support multiple Boeing products and locations.
"I am very grateful for and humbled by this honor," Brown said. "The National Society of Black Engineers is a great organization that provided support and encouragement since my student days at Ohio University."
Brown credits much of her success to the solid foundation in engineering she received from The Russ College of Engineering. In particular, she says Professor Emeritus Robert Williams, former chair of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, and other faculty from that time provided the influence that inspired her to achieve her goals.
"I hope that this encourages young women and minorities to pursue education and careers in science, technology, engineering and math," she said.
In addition this honor, Brown received a National Women of Color in Technology "Technology All Star" award in 2007 and a "Black Engineer of the Year – Modern Day Technology" distinction in 2008.