Widener Professor from West Chester Honored for Innovation, Leadership

Dr. Vicki Brown

widenerWidener University honored its top faculty, including a Chester County resident, in the areas of teaching innovation, research, civic engagement, and institutional leadership at its annual Faculty Awards banquet on Oct. 6.

West Chester resident Dr. Vicki Brown, a professor of civil engineering, was named a Distinguished University Professor.

The Distinguished University Professor Award honors individual faculty members of distinction on the Main Campus and demonstrates to the broader community that the university is committed to recognizing excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service throughout the faculty member’s career.

Dr. Brown will serve as a Distinguished University Professor for a three-year term.

As chair of the Civil Engineering Department, Dr. Brown is known as a demanding teacher who challenges her students. Students and alumni point to her passion for ensuring students’ mastery of essential knowledge and skills.

Dr. Brown’s work on fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composites for reinforced concrete structures has earned her an international reputation in the civil engineering profession.

“These studies have been invaluable to the American Concrete Institute in its development of design codes,” Dr. Lawrence Bank of the City College of New York said about Dr. Brown’s research on the behavior of FRP-reinforced concrete beams subjected to sustained loads.

Since 2000, Dr. Brown has led an engineering girls camp in association with the Philadelphia section of the Society of Women Engineers.

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