Dr. Bob Brown, Dean of the School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at East Georgia State College, will retire effective December 31, 2015.
Dr. Brown, who announced his retirement on May 4, 2015, grew up in Lyons, and, after graduating from high school, attended Georgia Tech, where he received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 1971. He joined Bell Telephone Laboratories in 1971 in Holmdel, N.J. and did research and development in satellite communications systems for 24 years. He led a development group that designed the payload for the Telstar 3 satellites. Telstar 302 was launched on the first mission of the Space Shuttle Discovery in 1984. In 1993, Dr. Brown was appointed Program Manager for the Telstar 4 satellites that replaced the Telstar 3 Constellation.
He returned to Georgia in 1995 and led a group that did research and development in high speed fiber optics technology that contributed to a large increase in the data capacity of domestic and international networks helping spur the growth of the internet. His last assignment in Research and Development was with the management team at Agere Systems (a spin-off of Lucent Technologies) that developed, tested, and brought to market highly secure wireless (Wi-Fi) products that provided high speed access to the internet.
In 2002, Dr. Brown joined East Georgia College (now East Georgia State College) and became Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science. In 2007, Dr. Brown was appointed Chair of the Division of Math and Science. His division established the first four year program at East Georgia State College. He was appointed Dean of the School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences in 2014.
“The contributions of Dr. Bob Brown and his wife, Martha, to East Georgia State College are deeply appreciated,” said EGSC President Bob Boehmer. “They will always remain part of our college community. Dr. Brown Will, of course, be remembered for starting the college’s first bachelor’s degree program and for his excellence in research and development of cutting-edge products. However, his devotion to students is, I believe, his most notable characteristic. He inspired and tutored so many students who are now succeeding in life because of his efforts.”