Downey speaking with students at the recent All Voices as One conference, an event promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion directed and ran by Statler College students.
Trilogy Innovations, Inc., President, CEO, and Co-Founder Brandon Downey has been recognized in the “Alumni Who Inspire” program by West Virginia University’s Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources.
Downey, who graduated with bachelor’s degrees in computer engineering and computer science and a master’s degree in software engineering, has spent his career architecting and implementing complex technical solutions for state and federal government agencies, academic institutions, and commercial entities ranging from small to large corporations.
“We are very excited to recognize our distinguished alumnus Brandon Downey through our Alumni Who Inspire program,” said Cerasela Zoica Dinu, associate dean for student, faculty and staff engagement and coordinator of the program. Alumni Who Inspire launched in Fall 2023 to recognize Statler College alumni who demonstrate Mountaineer values, and their achievements as a means to inspire future generations of engineers and computer scientists.
Downey co-founded Trilogy, a minority-owned software and systems engineering firm headquartered in Bridgeport, West Virginia, in 2010. The tech company was recently named the fastest-growing company in West Virginia for the second straight year by Inc. Magazine, as well as the 54th fastest-growing IT system development company in the United States.
“My intellectual and academic interests blossomed while attending WVU/Statler College,” said Downey, a native of Charles Town, West Virginia. “From the first day I stepped foot on campus, I made friends from other countries and participated in various student-led organizations and events. It was not until I was exposed to other cultures and other like-minded people that I finally started to understand ‘me,’ which revealed significant potential and exposed life-altering opportunities.”
As a result of his personal development in college, Downey and his business partner, Vice President, COO, and Co-Founder Randy Cottle, give back when opportunities arise. From Downey serving as the keynote speaker at the engineering school’s “All Voices as ONE” event during WVU Diversity Week and speaking to entrepreneurship classes at the university’s John Chambers College of Business and Economics to the company underwriting operational costs of the business school’s new cybersecurity lab, the CEO is committed to giving back to help change lives — just as his was.
“There are a number of ways I can give back, including telling my own story,” Downey said. “I want to inspire, motivate, and excite students and interact with them as much as I can. They’re our future.”
December 4, 2023
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