Susan Ipri Brown

Director, Explore Hope / Instructor of Engineering
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Susan Ipri Brown is extremely passionate about sharing the excitement of science, engineering and math with younger students. She’s very eager to be able to share this excitement as Director of the Center for Exploratory Learning, known as ExploreHope. Through ExploreHope, she works with Hope students as they gain pre-professional experience working with younger K–12 students. Being in the classroom, Susan enjoys her interactions with engineering students, guiding them through the many skills and applications of engineering.

Prior to coming to Hope, Susan held a similar role at Northwestern University as well as engineering positions at Delphi Automotive and the Michigan Legislative Service Bureau. 

AREAS OF Expertise

Susan’s areas of expertise include:

  • K–12 STEM education
  • Associate Director, Northwestern University Office of STEM Education Partnerships
  • ASME Public Affairs and Outreach Council member
  • STEM Committee Chair, President Ford Boy Scout Council
  • FIRST Robotics Lego League coach and FRC judge


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


  • ASME Distinguished Service Award
  • Michigan Space Grant Consoritum, Grant
  • Michigan STEM Education Partnership, Grant


  • “Energizing the Classroom through Programming and Circuit Design,” presentation at the Grand Valley State University Regional Math and Science Center Fall Science Update, Grand Rapids, Michigan Brown, S. Ipri, November 2015
  • “Engineering the Future Academies,” presentation with E. Mann at the Michigan Space Grant Consortium Grantees Conference, Ann Arbor, Michigan, October 2015
  • “Air Quality Monitoring in the Middle and High School Grades,” presentation at the Michigan Space Grant Consortium Grantees Conference, Ann Arbor, Michigan, October 2015
  • “Community Resources as Inspiration for Inquiry-Based Projects,” presentation at the Michigan Science Teachers’ Association Annual Conference, Grand Rapids, Michigan, March 2015

View Susan Ipri Brown’s published work in Digital Commons

Outside the College

Outside of work Susan can usually be found driving her active son and daughter around town and volunteering with their activities.

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Susan Ipri Brown

Phone Number616.395.7924

VanderWerf-Room 223B 27 Graves Place Holland, MI 49423-3698
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