Howard University Senior Receives 2014 Electronic Arts Excellence in Engineering Award

Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholar Daril Brown conducts ground‐breaking bioengineering research

New York ‐ Howard University senior and Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) Scholar Daril Brown received the 2014 Electronic Arts (EA) Excellence in Engineering Award at the Annual Jackie Robinson Foundation Mentoring and Leadership Conference held in New York City February 27‐March 4th.

This award was established in 2013 with a grant from Electronic Arts, a leading global interactive entertainment software company. A $1,000 cash grant is given to the Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholar who has excelled in the area of engineering.

Daril, a mechanical engineering major sponsored by the Emerson Electric Company, conducted research on how natural fibers can serve as an inexpensive, renewable source for construction in developing areas. He recently presented his fiber findings at the “Emerging Researchers National Conference in STEM,” sponsored in part by the National Science Foundation, and placed second. Andre Chambers, Director, Global Talent Acquisition and Inclusion for EA, presented the award at the JRF ceremony.

“With our partners and supporters, we are delighted to recognize the extraordinary achievements of these future leaders,” said JRF President and CEO Della Britton Baeza. “Daril is a shining legacy of our heroic namesake, Jackie Robinson. How exciting it is that he is working, at an early stage in his career, towards solving some of the world’s most pressing problems in the field of engineering.”

Daril plans to continue his research as a MS/Ph.D. student in graduate school.

About the Jackie Robinson Foundation:

Established in 1973, the Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) is the nation’s premier higher education and leadership development program. Transcending financial assistance, the Foundation equips its scholarship recipients with a comprehensive set of support services including internship placement, career guidance, and practical life skills, resulting in a nearly 100% graduation rate, more than twice the national average for minority students. The over 1,400 JRF alumni are both leaders in their professional fields and consummate ambassadors of Jackie Robinson’s legacy of community service. This 2013‐2014 academic year, JRF is providing generous financial aid and program support to 200 Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars representing 36 states and the District of Columbia and enrolled in 96 different colleges and universities across the country.