Meet the President

Engineer and educator. Visionary and doer. Dr. Robert A. Brown has served as President of Boston University since 2005, overseeing the implementation of the University's strategic plan and first major fundraising campaign, initiatives that have translated into major gains in quality and stature and which help ensure the long-term financial soundness of the institution. Dr. Brown came to Boston University after 25 years as a distinguished educator, researcher, and administrator at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

9/6/13 -- Boston, MA Interview with President Robert Brown about the Association of American Universities (AAU) at 1 Silber Way September 6, 2013.  Photo by Cydney Scott for Boston University Photography

Awards and Honors
  • 2014

    Elected to National Academy of Inventors

  • 2014

    Simon Ramo Founders Award, National Academy of Engineering

  • 2014

    Chief Executive Leadership Award, Council for Advancement and Support of Education

  • 2010

    Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, Claflin University

  • 2008

    Named to list of 100 Most Influential Chemical Engineers of the Modern Era by American Institute of Chemical Engineers

  • 2006

    Named Honorary Citizen of the Republic of Singapore

  • 2003

    University of Texas at Austin Graduate School Outstanding Alumnus/a Award

  • 2001

    Elected to the National Academy of Sciences

  • 1997

    Professional Progress Lecture, American Institute of Chemical Engineers

  • 1996

    Professional Progress Award, American Institute of Chemical Engineers

  • 1994

    Elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

  • 1992

    Distinguished Graduate Award, School of Engineering, University of Texas

  • 1991

    Outstanding Young Texas-Ex Award, University of Texas Alumni Association

  • 1991

    Elected to the National Academy of Engineering

  • 1986

    Allan P. Colburn Award, American Institute of Chemical Engineers

  • 1984

    Young Author Award, American Association for Crystal Growth

  • 1980, 1983, 1985, and 1988

    Outstanding Faculty Award, Department of Chemical Engineering, MIT

  • 1983

    Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Teacher-Scholar Award

  • 1978

    Graduate School Fellow, University of Minnesota

  • 1974

    Engineering Foundation Fellow, University of Texas