Sarah M Brown

Outside of the lab, I am a passionate advocate for underrepresented STEM engagement at all levels. Currently I am treasurer of Women In Machine Learning, Inc. As a student, I held a variety of leadership positions in the National Society of Black Engineers at both the local and national levels including National Academic Excellence Chair.

National Society of Black Engineers

I’ve been an active member of NSBE since fall 2006 serving in numerous leadership positions at both the chapter and national levels.

In 2016, I led a series of professional development workshops for the executive board of the Northeastern University chapter, the Black Engineering Student Society.  Topics included:</p>

  • Task management & internal procedures for a team
  • Fundraising/ Money Management (specialized to Northeastern/NSBE)
  • Academic skills: developing your personal study plan
  • Workshop workshop: how to plan effective workshops for general body meetings
  • Establishing, recruiting and delegating to a committee
  • Time management as a student leader
  • Developing Professional Communication Protocol

As the National Academic Excellence Chair for 2014-15, I served as a member of the board of directors. I lead a team of six appointees and six regional counterparts to oversee the long term planning for and the implementation of programs to support members’ pursuit of academic excellence.

As Vice Chair to the Empowering African American Women in STEM Task Force in 2013-14, I facilitated the effort to pinpoint areas that  the society should focus its efforts to be the most impactful in engaging more women in STEM.

In 2013-14 I served as the Collegiate Initiative Chair for NSBE Boston, in this capacity I served as a liaison for area collegiate chapters to the local professional chapter.

Women in Machine Learning Workshop

In 2016 I joined the WiML Board, I currently serve as the Treasurer. I served as a co-organizer for the 2014 Women in Machine Learning Workshop.  The 9th Annual WiML was again co-located with NIPS.  As the Finance and Sponsorship chair, I lead our efforts to secure corporate sponsorship and our sponsor relations.

Student Research Engagement Committee

As founding chair through 2015, I lead a team of students to work with the Engineering Dean’s office to increase student engagement in research, specifically undergraduate involvement and graduate ownership, within the college by providing resources and hosting educational workshops.  Some of our most successful initiatives include a workshop for students applying to Research Experience for Undergraduates programs, a college wide undergraduate lab fair, and an experimental design workshop for engineering graduate students.