The RRI will be hosting a new visiting scholar this upcoming August. Dr. Nilena Brito Maciel Dias is a professor of Electrical engineering at the Universidade Federal do Ceara in Brazil.
She will be in the U.S. for one-year and during that time she, according to her, “will be working on the development of a framework that integrates economic models at the regional scale in order to support decisions on policies for water resources, taking into account the complex interlinkages between water resources, economic development and poverty in Northeast of Brazil.”
She will be accompanied by her 6-year old son and her husband.
He was named RRI’s Outstanding Alumni in 1993 for his important contributions to regional research, was a 35-year economics faculty member and researcher at Georgetown University, and was an avid runner who competed in the Boston Marathon. His name is Dr. Douglas M. Brown, and he died on June 6, 2019 leaving a void for many.
In his younger years, he was a quarterback who was inducted into his high school’s Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame and an Eagle Scout who went on to achieve Order of the Arrow, a level recognized as Scouting’s National Honor Society because it is based on leadership and service to others. It appears that his background in teamwork and leadership shaped his future as an academic.
During his tenure at Georgetown University, many of his students described him as entertaining, energetic, insightful, and a storyteller who would bring his materials to life, helping his students apply economic concepts to real life situations. He embraced the nickname they gave him in recognition of his tough exams: Professor D-Minus Brown. But he was also known as the type of Economist many of his students hoped to become. In addition to his teaching, he was a researcher who wrote articles on urban economics and health economics.
He loved West Virginia and identified himself a a “hillbilly,” saying he was proud to be from “West by God Virginia.” We are proud to have had him as a member of the RRI family.