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Dakotah Brown is poised for takeoff with Remote Area Medical—a job that will allow him to blend his love of flying with his training in the law.

Brown is a first-generation licensed pilot from Tellico Plains, Tennessee.

RAM -- DakotahHe received his bachelor’s degree in political science UT in 2012, and he will graduate from the College of Law on Friday.

Once he passes his Tennessee bar exam, Brown will go to work as an in-house counsel at RAM, a nonprofit organization that provides free health care, dental care, and vision care to underserved communities throughout the world.

“I plan to establish my career with RAM so that I can use my passions for aviation and law to be a part of a fine humanitarian organization. My goals for the future are to continue expanding my knowledge of both law and aviation and to use my passions to make a positive, lasting impact on my community.”

With all of his numerous accolades during his time at UT, one thing remained consistent in his life—his love of aircraft.

“I realized that I had a passion for aviation when I was very young. One of my earliest memories is of the time my father took me to a local airfield and had one of the pilots take us up in a small antique aircraft, an aircraft very similar to the aircraft I now own,” he said.

He was four years old when he flew in his first plane. As a kid, he loved to play on home flight simulators and fly remote control aircrafts. When he was thirteen, his parents arranged for him to take flying lessons, and the rest is history.

“I began volunteering with RAM as a pilot and aircraft maintenance assistant during the summer of 2013,” he said. “Since then I have flown many humanitarian missions for RAM Airborne and will continue to do so well into the future. It is a very rewarding experience to use my passion for aviation to help people in need.”


Amy Blakely (865-974-5094,