Brown University School of Engineering

Engineering student Gladys A. Ndagire ’13 one of 12 recipients of Joslin Award

May 6, 2013
Gladys Ndagire ’13

Gladys A. Ndagire ’13, an engineering and anthropology concentrator, was recently named one of 12 recipients of the prestigious Alfred H. Joslin Award. The other recipients of the award include seniors Benjamin Marcus, Rahel Dette, Sarah Forman, Emily Gonzalez, Lindsay Nickel, Andrew Kim, Gopika Krishna, Alexandra Linn, Evan Schwartz, Ryan McDuff, and Rebecca Rast. The Joslin Awards recognize a small group of seniors who have contributed in a very significant way to the quality of student life at Brown. Award winners generally demonstrate a wide breadth of involvement during their campus years as well as substantial depth in one or more areas. Through their leadership and involvement they have not only enhanced their own liberal education, they have also provided services, programs and other opportunities for involvement to their peers, thus enhancing the learning environment for all students.

Ndagire is from Kampala, Uganda and will be receiving an A.B. in engineering and anthropology. Throughout her time at Brown, Ndagire has devoted herself to community building and academic enrichment at Brown. She has been very active in the residential peer leader community and African Students Association, holding both formal and many informal roles, including peer leader representative on the Campus Advisory Board for Alcohol and Drugs. From 2011 to 2012, she worked with alumni relations in the planning and organization of student involvement in reunion weekend and 120 years of women at Brown.

Ndagire has been a leader of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) since her sophomore year and during this time, she actively recruited and mentored engineers of color as well as organized job recruitment opportunities for them. After interning at J.P. Morgan, Ndagire leveraged her experience there to start a group independent study project (GISP) on impact investing in order to share what she had learned with the community. This GISP resulted in the launch of a $50M impact fund at the SEEED 2013 summit (social enterprise ecosystem economic development) to cater to the growth of social enterprises and local development in the New England area. As part of her involvement in Brown’s entrepreneurship community, Ndagire was also a 2013 finalist for the Clinton Global Initiative’s Hult Prize to mitigate hunger in urban slums. After graduation, she will work at J.P. Morgan’s Advice Lab, the Private Bank’s think tank, eventually returning to school to pursue an MBA or master’s degree in strategic design and management.

About Judge Alfred H. Joslin 36
The award is given in the name of Judge Alfred H. Joslin, a 1936 Brown graduate, a member of the Corporation from 1963-1985, and a member of the Board of Fellows. Because of this extraordinary service to the Brown community, his initial chairmanship of the Corporation Committee on Student Life, and his abiding concern for the interests and welfare of undergraduates, it is fitting that this award should be designated in his honor.