Curriculum Vitae Biosketch

  • Professor, Elect & Computer Engineering, University of Utah
  • Professor, School Of Computing, University of Utah
  • Adjunct Professor, Bioengineering, University of Utah



  • Ph.D. 1985, Electrical Engineering, University of Utah. Project: Multiple-Sensor Chemical Transducer
  • M.S. 1976, Electrical Engineering, Brigham Young University. Project: Logic State and Timing Analyzer
  • B.S., Cum Laude, Highest Honors 1976, Electrical Engineering, Brigham Young University

Honors & Awards

  • Fellow Honorary Award. IEEE , 01/2014
  • 5,000th patent disclosure. U of U Technology Commercialization Office, 02/2011
  • Distinguished Educator of the Year. Utah Technology Council, 04/09/2010
  • Distinguished Alumnus of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Brigham Young University, 2010
  • Distinguished Young Alumnus Award, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, University of Utah. 04/2003
  • Arthur F. Thurnau Endowed Professorship, University of Michigan. 07/2001
  • Austin Center for Advanced Studies Fellow, IBM. 07/2001
  • Distinguished Faculty Award from Michigan Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges. 03/2000


Richard B. Brown received his bachelors and masters degrees in electrical engineering from Brigham Young University.   Following graduation, he designed computers and instrumentation in California and Missouri.  He returned to school at the University of Utah in 1981 and received an electrical engineering Ph.D. in 1985, at which time he joined the faculty of the University of Michigan Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) where he developed their highly respected integrated circuit design (VLSI) program.

Prof. Brown has conducted major research projects in the development of sensors (for ions, heavy metals and neurochemicals) and microprocessors (high-performance, low-power, and mixed-signal).  He holds 17 patents and has authored more than 200 peer-reviewed publications. He was the Micropower Electronics task leader in the University of Michigan’s NSF Wireless Integrated Microsystems Engineering Research Center. He has won a variety of teaching and research awards.

At the University of Michigan, Prof. Brown served as Associate Chair for the Electrical Engineering Division of EECS for four years and then as Interim Chair of EECS.  He has served on NSF, ASME and DARPA advisory committees for emerging technologies and VLSI education, and on two national advisory committees at other universities. He has been supportive of entrepreneurial activities and personally involved in technology transfer as a founder of Sensicore, i-sens, and Mobius Microsystems.

In July 2004, Prof. Brown was appointed the eleventh Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Utah.  He holds appointments in the School of Computing, the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering and the Department of Bioengineering as well as an appointment at the University of Michigan Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department.

In the Media

  • Interview for USTAR Bldg. dedication video. 03/29/2012.
  • KSL Interview. 03/28/2012.


  • Finnish, functional.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Finland
  • Republic of Korea

Other Profile Data

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