Susan Ipri Brown shares her passion for engineering both within Hope engineering classrooms and through community partnerships. Ipri Brown has been a member of the Hope engineering faculty since 2013 and director of ExploreHope Academic Outreach since 2015. She is a long-time advocate of programs that enhance diversity, equity and inclusion in the engineering profession.

Her work with Hope students includes not only her teaching in the Department of Engineering, but, through ExploreHope, providing pre-professional experience as mentors and session leaders for students interested in future teaching careers, especially in math, science and technology.

As director, Ipri Brown manages policy and program development, fundraising, grant writing, and staff and volunteer leadership for ExploreHope. The office leads innovative programming for the community, allowing K–12 students and teachers to experience hands-on activities in science, engineering, mathematics and the arts. Summer and afterschool programs, including the popular and nationally accredited summer science camps that began in 1997, expand learning opportunities that complement in-classroom goals.

Prior to coming to Hope, Ipri Brown was associate director of the Office of STEM Education Partnerships at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where she directed teacher professional development programs, grant writing and new program development for outreach with other area organizations. She has also held positions with several North Carolina school districts, Delphi Automotive and the Michigan Legislative Service Bureau. As an ASME Federal Fellow, she worked at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

AREAS OF Expertise

  • K–12 STEM Education – best practices and program leadership
  • Grant writing
  • Educational program development and management


  • M.S., mechanical engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1995
  • BSE, mechanical and aerospace engineering, Princeton University, 1993
  • Secondary teaching certificate, mathematics, Appalachian State University


  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Board of Governors 2022–2025
  • ASME Fellow
  • ASME Distinguished Service Award
  • National grants from NASA, NOAA, National Geographic Society, Engineering Information Foundation
  • Local grants to support programming from the Michigan Space Grant Consortium, Great Lakes Colleges Association, Michigan Masonic Charitable Foundation and the Holland Junior Welfare League

Published Work


  • “Documenting Holland's Historical Diversity,” HASP Seminar Series, Hope Academy of Senior Professionals, online session, Holland, Michigan, September 22, 2021
  • “Watershed Field Experiences - Providing Local Perspective to your Students,” presenter, Fall Science Update, Grand Valley State University Regional Math and Science Center, online seminar, Allendale, Michiganm, November 12, 2020
  • “Engineering the Future – A Hands-on Virtual STEM Experience for High Need Students,” non-presenting contributor, with presenters C.A. Dummer and E. Slenk, MSGC Fall Conference, Michigan Space Grant Consortium, online lecture, October 17, 2020
  • “Student Impact in ExploreHope Academic Outreach,” mentor only, not co-contributor, with presenter M. Bartley, Michigan Space Grant Consortium, online lecture, October 17, 2020
  • “Virtual Reality STEM, Real Life Careers,” presenter, with presenter N. Gersonde, MSGC Fall Conference, Michigan Space Grant Consortium, online lecture October 17, 2020
  • “Local Air Quality Data Categorization to Improve Environmental Science Education,” with presenter B. Kurzynski, Celebration of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity, poster, Hope College, Holland, Michigan April 17, 2020

View Susan Ipri Brown’s published work in Digital Commons

Outside the College

Susan is active in community events and service organizations. Her two children are in college; her son is pursuing a chemical and biological engineering degree and her daughter a degree in nursing.

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