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Pre-Engineering Students Lost at Their Prime

Aniya Brown and Alred Motlow III

The FAMU-FSU College of Engineering is mourning the loss of Aniya Brown and Alfred Motlow III, sophomore pre-engineering students at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee. Ms. Brown was a pre-industrial engineering major. Mr. Motlow was a pre-civil engineering major. The two were killed in a motor vehicle crash on Friday, January 5, 2018 in Shelby County TN.

Motlow was awarded a Ford Foundation Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) scholarship and was also a FAMU Distinguished Scholars Award (DSA) scholarship recipient. Brown was a FAMU George W. Gore scholarship recipient.

Dr. Charmane Caldwell, who directs student success and retention for the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, worked closely with both students.

They were part of the Engineering cohort of the STEM Living Learning Community. Brown had worked as Caldwell’s assistant for the past year. In that role, she worked on everything from recruitment for the college to helping organize activities for this year’s Engineering LLC students. She was also involved in the National Society of Black Engineers.

“Aniya was driven in her personal and professional life. Her attention to detail and responsible nature would have made her successful in whatever she put her mind to,” Caldwell remembers. “She had a keen sense of purpose and a level of responsibility that separated her from her peers. So even though her life ended abruptly, the impact she left on FAMU and me will continue for years to come. Her smile could light up a room.”

Motlow also briefly worked for Caldwell, handling all the communication from her office to FAMU students. He was extremely proud that he had just crossed over Omega Psi Phi in November 2017, which is a fraternity that his father and grandfather had been a part of. In late 2017, he began conducting research in the Dr. Youneng Tang research lab as part of the Educating Engineering Students Innovatively (EESI) Program.

“Alfred was the student who, when you met him, you immediately knew he was full of life and would turn most situations into memorable moments,” Caldwell said. “He was both a jokester and extremely intelligent. Those two characteristics resulted in him enjoying life and having enough wisdom to take a moment to appreciate the experiences he had.”

The FAMU-FSU College of Engineering and FAMU Provost Office afforded both Aniya and Alfred the opportunity to study abroad in Salamanca, Spain in the summer of 2017. It was on that trip that the two started dating and were inseparable ever since.

Our thoughts and condolences go out to the Brown and Motlow families and indeed the entire FAMU-FSU College of Engineering community.