(May 18, 2017) TeAirra Brown, a Ph.D. Candidate in ISE, was honored with the Graduate Achievement Award by the Virginia Tech Black Graduate Student Organization (BGSO) at their 19th Annual Ebony Affair in April 2017.
The Ebony Affair is a formal banquet acknowledging, celebrating, and reflecting on outstanding faculty members, students, and community members who actively engage in BGSO’s motto, “Lifting As We Climb”. The Graduate Achievement Award is annually presented to a graduate student who has a strong history of academic and professional service in the black community, and the Virginia Tech community at large. TeAirra received this prestigious award because of her continuous investment in the black graduate community and her numerous academic achievements.
Since becoming a student at Virginia Tech, TeAirra has significantly contributed to the academic and professional climate. She has done this through her tireless work ethic, a plethora of mentoring and diversity programs, and her active participation in BGSO, National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), and Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES). Her commitment to exceed her personal best in both academics, mentoring and community involvement sets her apart from others. She has made herself visible and helped with the implementation of diversity funding for other graduate students. Her hard work, resilience and dedication is an inspiration to everyone she encounters.