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Contributing Toward Success

“We hope these scholarships will provide a small relief to those students in pursuit of their own dreams and successes.” — Mark Brown

Due to substantial increases in college tuition, students today experience major financial challenges compared to previous years. Mark and Brenda Brown wanted to ease some of these trials for students earning a higher education.

“The financial challenges students face today are far greater than they were when we both attended college in the 1980’s,” Mark said. “It would be a terrible loss for any student not to have the opportunity to pursue their dreams and utilize their talents.”

Mark graduated from Kansas State University in 1982 with a degree in electrical engineering, while Brenda graduated from University of Missouri – Kansas City in 1988 with a degree in finance. Currently, Mark is a member of K-State’s department of electrical and computer engineering (ECE) advisory council. Mark said pursuing electrical engineering was one of his best life-decisions.

“Earning my electrical engineering degree at an institution with hard-working values common to the Midwest has allowed me to pursue career opportunities I never thought possible,” Mark said. “Through our gift giving, involvement with the ECE Advisory Council, Alumni Association and Board of Trustees, we have met other members of the K-State family and created the greatest of friendships.”

Mark and Brenda aspired to help students complete their education and reach career goals, while giving back to the department that significantly impacted Mark’s life. Mark and Brenda established multiple funds supporting students and faculty in the department of electrical and computer engineering.

“We wanted to pay back to the institution that afforded us those opportunities and pay forward to others in the Kansas State University family who will follow,” Mark said.

Mark and Brenda were inspired to create a professorship, scholarship and excellence fund after witnessing the impact of the Brown Family Scholarship, which was established in 2012 by Mark, Brenda, Mark’s brother, Mike, and his wife, Pam. The scholarship is awarded to students in Chase County where Mark and Mike grew up.

“We hope these scholarships will provide a small relief to those students in pursuit of their own dreams and successes,” Mark said. “The successes we have enjoyed in our lives were made possible through our joint talents, hard work and strong values of growing up in rural Kansas.”

Mark initially wanted to pursue a degree in computer science until his brother, Mike, K-State graduate in chemical engineering, exposed him to the field of engineering. Mark chose his career path after recognizing the close association between computers and electrical engineering, which share similarities with digital design and microprocessors. Mark specialized in the field of embedded computing.

“The opportunities available today and in the future in the field of embedded computing, particularly around internet of things and industrial internet of things is incredible,” Mark said. “With this professorship, we hope to establish a center of excellence in embedded computer engineering, such that companies hiring embedded computer engineers will consider Kansas State University ECE students as one of their top choices in recruitment.”

Mark and Brenda hope to encourage students to succeed, but also want them to enjoy their college experience. Creating these funds will allow students and faculty at K-State to realize greater opportunities while earning essential support.

“What is occurring campus wide is truly inspiring and a tribute to the collective effort of the students, faculty and staff,” Mark said. “We feel blessed to have the opportunity to establish these gifts to ensure the success of K-State, now and in the future, and the generations of students who will follow.”


Distinguished Lecture Series

Professor Mohammad Shahidehpour Robert W. Galvin Center for Electricity Innovation Fellow of IEEE, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Member of the US National Academy of Engineering Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL 60616, USA

ECE welcomed guest lecturer Professor Shaidehpour to speak on Smart Cities for Global Sustainability Sept 14, 2017

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Austin Pfannenstiel takes 1st place in the Launch a Business Program!

MANHATTAN — After a night that saw 11 entrepreneurs pitching their companies to a panel of judges and the public at the Launch Party for the Kansas State University Launch a Business, or LAB, program, two companies have walked away victorious as grand prize winners for 2017. Continue reading “Austin Pfannenstiel takes 1st place in the Launch a Business Program!”

May Graduates

Doctor of Philosophy

Mohammad Nazif Faqiry

Major Professor: Sanjoy Das
Dissertation: Efficient Double Auction Mechanisms in the Energy Grid With Connected and Islanded Microgrids


Akanksha Singh

Major Professor: Behrooz Mirafzal 
Dissertation:  A Boost Current Source Inverter Based Generator-Converter Topology for Direct Drive Wind Turbines


Master of Science

Edward Avery Ashby
Major Professor: Anil Pahwa

Ryan David Dardick
Major Professor: Behrooz Mirafzal

Ethan Mark Grother

Major Professor: Steve Warren

Riley Thomas Harrington
Major Professor: Dwight Day

Michael Langford
Major Professor: Anil Pahwa

Tianyu Lin
Major Professor: Steve Warren

Wenda Liu
Major Professor: Behrooz Mirafzal

Fatehullah Nassery
Major Professor: Anil Pahwa

Nicholas Michael Oberski
Major Professor: Shelli Starrett

Chintan Arunkumar Raval
Major Professor: Behrooz Mirafzal

Todd William Rider
Major Professor: William Kuhn

Kyle Dean Rogge
Major Professor: Dwight Day

Saeead Saud M. Saeead
Major Professor: Medhat M. Morcos

Laura J. Tolle
Major Professor: Ruth Douglas Miller

Te Xu
Major Professor: Anil Pahwa


Computer Engineering

Tanner Lee Armstrong Topeka

Brendan Michael Bonavia Topeka

Muhammad Ibrahim Butt Dubia, United Arab Emirates

Nolan Patrick Casimir Newton

Dustin Earl Chew Plainville

Dalton Jay Graber Berryton

Alex Scott Hamilton Topeka

Ethan Koch Baileyville

Joshua Thomas Langford Littleton, Colorado

Harrison Kevin Manase Antananarivo, Madagascar

Blake Steven Martin Lenexa

Grant Allen Meyerhoff Witchita

Dishan Anupama Nahitiya Manhattan

Matthew Wayne Sanner Gardner

Blake Charles Smethers Olathe

Luke John Waliser St. Marys

Li Wang Dalian, China


Electrical Engineering

Khaled Abdullah Alfailakawi, Kuwait City, Kuwait

Murtada Adel Alsaid Al Qatif, Saudi Arabia

Broden Alan Bowell Salina

Justin Brickey Manhattan

Dustin Earl Chew Plainville

Daniel H. Clausing Lawrence

Whitney Rae Cox Olathe

Levi Mathias Eck Andale

Lawyrn Edmonds Valley Falls

Michael Joseph Hotujac Overland Park

Brandon Edward James Lenexa

Peter Lemoine Jensen Lenexa

Andrew Dale Johnson Wichita

Nasser Mulaa Juma Manhattan

Ethan Koch Baileyville

James Douglas Lightner Olathe

Eleazar Lopez Dodge City

Myra Lynn McLenon Merriam

Karan Mehra Overland Park

Jacob Joseph Miles Overland Park

Matthew Ryan Moran Lenexa

Kevin Thanh Nyguyen Wichita

Elkana Kiboma Nyambergera Topeka

Michael Rhett Pepper Holcomb

Meng Rao Nanjing, China

John Westthroppe Shaver Olathe

Kelsi Rae Sheeley Effingham

Abdullateef Akolade Shodunke Sabo, Nigeria

Jacob Aaron Slous Wichita

Jacob L. Sowers Cummings

Dylan Thomas Stidham Lawrence

Earl Richard Watkins Hutchinson

Thomas A. Woodward Highland Ranch, Colorado

Tyler Michael Wright Hutchinson

Tianlu Wu Wuxi, China

Hang Zhang Luoyang, China

Hangyu Zhang Chengdu, China