#NSBE44: Ignite. Imagine. Innovate. • March 21-25, 2018 • David L. Lawrence Convention Center

Sukari Brown

Vice Chairperson

Sukari A. Brown - Vice Chairperson
Sukari A. Brown - Vice Chairperson

Position: Vice Chairperson
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University Major: Civil Engineering
University/Alma Mater: NYU Tandon School of Engineering
Industry: Engineering Consulting

I am a civil engineer from Brooklyn, N.Y., who loves spreadsheets, Google Calendar, Phylicia Rashad and the untouchable sounds of ’50s – ’90s R&B music. I am here for all things efficient and all opportunities to improve efficiency. I started in NSBE as a NSBE Jr. member and slowly climbed the ranks of leadership. I eventually had the honor of serving as the president of my collegiate chapter, Region I Treasurer, Region I Chair and Region I Chair Emeritus, among other leadership positions at the national and regional level.

I am motivated every day to do what I do by my belief that the proper combination of STEM, effective leadership and service to others will help transform our communities, our businesses and our global economy. In my commitment to my passions of STEM, leadership and service, I recognize the importance of not only being visible but also accessible to those who need me most. There are so many girls in the world who don’t believe they can have a career in STEM. There are so many people in underfunded communities who can’t see a future beyond the harshness surrounding them. There are numerous entities who need someone not only to introduce their organization to technology but also help them understand how to use technology to effectively transform the way they do business. Having a person who can serve as a mentor, an advocate or a trusted advisor is crucial in the world we live in today, and I am committed to being all three of those for whomever I can. It is not enough to be excellent for the sake of being excellent. I drive to be excellent in the work that I do in STEM so others can be inspired and embrace the excellence that’s already within.

In terms of the future, first, I believe I will be an effective and impactful corporate leader who remains true to being an advocate for diversity in STEM. Second, I see myself leading the effort to deliver innovative solutions that support the enhancement of our nation’s infrastructure. And last, but certainly not least, I see having my own family in my future: my own mini me (or two) and an awesome partner who, along with God’s grace, will help me remain encouraged in the journey to accomplishing my vision.

Convention is an opportunity to make an impact on the community. I want to break down the barriers to the community we “take over” for a week of convention activities. I want everyone to know that we are there, and more importantly, we have something to offer them to help inspire the next generation of technical professionals. We have more than 10K amazing minds in STEM, and I’d like for us to do a better job of transforming our “one and done” convention into a long-term, year-round, and sustainable mechanism for moving the needle forward on pulling thousands more people of color into the STEM pipeline. If we can do this and do it well, trust me, we can surely change the world through our efforts.

 

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