Ford’s Robert Brown Inducted Into Wayne State University’s College Of Engineering Hall Of Fame

Later this evening at its Night of the Stars, Wayne State University will induct Robert Brown, Ford Motor Company vice president of sustainability, environment and safety engineering, into its College of Engineering Hall of Fame. Mr. Brown is one of five alumni selected from more than 25,000 engineering and computer science alum who live and work in every state in the U.S. and in 48 countries around the world, that the college will induct into its Hall of Fame.

Currently serving as vice president of sustainability, environment, and safety engineering at Ford, Mr. Brown (EMMP ’95) is the top safety officer at The Blue Oval. In his role, he is responsible for the automaker’s global sustainability strategy, policy and performance. Mr. Brown joined Ford in 1979 as a compliance engineer and has held a variety of leadership positions, including environmental regulatory manager in Washington, D.C., assistant director of Ford’s Automotive Safety Office, director of vehicle environmental engineering, and vice president of sustainability, environment and safety engineering at Ford of Europe.

Mr. Brown currently serves on the boards of various organizations, including the Ford Motor Company Fund Board of Trustees, the Board of Advisors UC-Riverside Center for Environmental Research and Technology, and the Ann Arbor Community Center Board. In addition, Mr. Brown’s community commitments include support for the Wayne State University College of Engineering, U-M Dearborn College of Engineering, the Ann Arbor Community Center, the United Negro College Fund, the NAACP, Gleaners Food Bank, United Way and the Salvation Army.

The other four honorees joining Mr. Brown tonight include:

  • Joseph Louvar, PhDChE ’83
  • Randy Rogers, BSCE ’80, MSCE ’84
  • Donald Smolenski, MSCheE ’79, PhDChE ’90
  • Shyam Veeramachineni, MSCE ’95

The year’s Night of the Stars event, sponsored by Urban Science in Detroit, will highlight the college’s history in education, research innovation and entrepreneurship, while paying a tribute to the 128 current members of the Hall of Fame, which was set in motion 30 years ago. Tickets cost $150 per person and include a plated dinner and valet parking. Those interested in RSVPing can do so at

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