BUFFALO, N.Y. — There’s never been a dull University at Buffalo moment for Kourtney Brown. Standing 6-feet-tall, Brown is a star athlete on the women’s basketball team, as her recent record-breaking 35-point scoring night against Miami of Ohio shows.
But Brown’s real excitement, that even outpaces the feeling of mastery she gets on UB’s Alumni Arena basketball court, comes in the classroom. Her ability and passion for building and programming computers – as well as the electrical components that go along with it – is what really makes her go.
Brown, one of two fifth-year seniors on the basketball team, whose experience and talent have helped to make the Bulls a success, is a dual major in computer science and engineering and electrical engineering with a 3.3 grade point average. Her low-key humble manner is a kind of a fake-out for the real story: If anyone illustrates the value and virtue of a UB scholar-athlete, it’s Kourtney Brown.
“I never thought of myself as an inspiration, but if I can do it, then you can do it, too,” says Brown.
Her determination to succeed began early on in her schooling. While most kids in elementary school wanted to grow up to become firefighters or ballerinas, Brown wanted to become a rocket scientist.