PRIME Faculty & Staff

Angus Kingon

Professor of Engineering, and Barrett Hazeltine University Professor of Entrepreneurship and Organizational Studies;  co-Director of PRIME at Brown University.

Courses: ENGN 2150 and ENGN 2160 Technology & Commercialization I & II 

Angus Kingon is a Professor of Engineering, and Barrett Hazeltine University Professor of Entrepreneurship and Organizational Studies. He is the co-Director of PRIME. Previously, he taught entrepreneurship at North Carolina State University. He specializes in the pedagogy of entrepreneurship education and has supported the establishment of technology entrepreneurship programs in other major universities in the USA, as well as in the UK, Portugal, Slovenia, Korea, Ireland, and South Africa. Recently, he co-founded the Brown-IE Executive MBA Program. 

Eric Suuberg

Professor of Engineering, co-Director of PRIME and a member of the Business,Entrepreneurship and Organizations (BEO) Faculty Committee .

Courses: ENGN 2110  Business Engineering Fundamentals I .

Professor Suuberg is a co-founder and co-Director of PRIME. He has been a faculty member of the School of Engineering at Brown since 1981. He was a founding member of Brown's Chemical Engineering program, and more recently the BEO Program. He earned an Sc.D. in Chemical Engineering from MIT and also an ScM in Marketing from MIT's Sloan School of Management. Professor Suuberg is the Americas editor of the journal, "Fuel". He is a registered professional engineer and consultant in the energy and environmental fields. He is the associate director of the Brown Superfund Research Program, in which his lab examines the properties of high molecular weight organic pollutants and the process of vapor intrusion. 

Robert Petteruti

Adjunct Faculty, Private Investor and Asset Manager

Courses: ENGN 2130 and ENGN 2140 Innovation & Technology Management I & II

Professor Petteruti is currently a Private Investor and Asset Manager. He previously served as President, Director, and a major shareholder of Comtec Information Systems, Inc. Additionally, he was the Vice President of Zebra Technologies, and General Manager of the Mobile Printer Division. He was a co-founder of Infoplus, Inc., a publisher of technology-enhanced yellow page directories. Professor Petteruti received his Sc.B in Applied Mathematics Economics from Brown University and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He developed the courses, Innovation and Technology Management I and II for PRIME.

Patrick McHugh

Director of IE Brown Executive MBA Program
Lecturer in the School of Engineering

Course: ENGN 2180 Globalization Immersion Experience & Entrepreneurship Laboratory

Professor McHugh is the Director of the IE Brown Executive MBA program and lecturer in the School of Engineering. He has over 25 years of industry experience with technology companies, including executive roles at three venture-backed firms selling data security solutions. Earlier initiatives include building a call center automation services practice for GTE and an on-line financial services offering while at IBM Credit Corp. He is the recipient of two patents in the area of call center automation and holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in materials engineering from Columbia University, an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, and a Ph.D. (ABD) in business from Bentley University. His research interests are in the areas of innovation, entrepreneurship, and social networks. 

Jason Harry

Associate Professor of the Practice

Courses: ENGN 2125 Engineering Management & Decision Making, and ENGN 2120 Business Engineering Fundamentals II

Prof Harry has over 30 years of commercial and academic experience in the medical device field. He is the Founder and CEO of Lucidux, an early-stage medical device company developing advanced imaging technologies for minimally invasive surgery. Previously he was founder and CEO of Afferent Corporation, which focused on neurostimulation technologies to treat chronic dysfunction stemming from stroke, aging and diabetes. Prior to founding Afferent, he was VP of Research Engineering at NMT Medical, Inc., Boston, MA, a company in the field of minimally invasive cardiovascular implants. Prof Harry received his PhD in Engineering Science from Harvard University.

Daniel Warshay

Adjunct Professor

Danny Warshay has devoted his career to building, managing and harvesting high-growth entrepreneurial ventures.  In addition to his teaching entrepreneurial finance for PRIME, he teaches The Entrepreneurial Process in the Brown undergraduate Business, Entrepreneurship & Organizations program. In the Critical Review, this course was the highest rated course at Brown. He also teaches The Entrepreneurial Process in the MBA program at Tel Aviv University and at the Yale School of Management, and leads Entrepreneurial Process workshops in countries around the world including in China, Egypt, Israel, Portugal, Slovenia, Bahrain, Palestine, South Africa, Jordan, the UK and throughout the US. In 2011 Brown awarded Danny the first ever Nathalie Rutherford Pierrepont Prize for Leadership, Career Advising, and Motivation.  He received an A.B. in History from Brown University, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. More details on Danny at:


Donald L. Stanford

Adjunct Professor

Donald Stanford is a founding member of GTECH Corporation and currently serves as its Chief Innovation Officer and Technology Fellow. Don earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations in 1972 and a Master's in Computer Science/Applied Mathematics in 1977 from Brown University. Don serves on several boards including Times Squared Academy Charter School, Spectra Systems and the Business Innovation Factory. Don is a member of the R.I. Science and Technology Advisory Council. In 2001 Don was appointed Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Brown University and has been teaching undergraduates since 2002. He serves on the Brown advisory councils to the President and the School of Engineering. In 2002 he received the Brown Graduate School's Distinguished Graduate award. 

Jon Cohen

Guest Lecturer

Jon Cohen co-founded Newport Hotel Group in 1993 and is responsible for its general management, including oversight of all facets of hotel operations, interfacing with management and human resources teams, and development of corporate strategy. Prior to Newport Hotel Group, Jon worked as a real estate attorney for the law firm of Schulte, Roth & Zabel, LLP in New York City, where he specialized in restructuring of distressed real estate. He also worked as a financial analyst in the New York office of Merrill Lynch & Co., rotating through the equity analysis, mezzanine finance, and internal corporate profit-modeling groups. Jon earned a J.D. with Honors from Duke University School of Law in 1992 and is a 1987 graduate of Brown University, where he received his B.A. in Business Economics. He is licensed to practice law in the states of Massachusetts and New York.  He served on the Planning Board for the City of Newport and is a former Trustee of the Newport International Film Festival.

Hamzah Ansari


Hamzah  received his undergraduate degree from the University of Nottingham in 2006, a Masters from King's College London in 2008, and his PRIME Masters from Brown University in 2009. Hamzah co-founded Accelereach, an angel-funded developer of health and wellness coaching software, with fellow PRIME alum Adam Emrich in 2009.  The company's software has helped thousands of people around the country lead healthier and more fulfilled lives. Hamzah joined the Rhode Island Health Insurance Exchange as a Consultant soon after it's establishment. While there, he developed new lines of business, growth strategies, and sources of revenue. In 2011, Hamzah was honored by the Rhode Island Tech Collective as one the top 10 IT entrepreneurs in the State. Finally, he has advised United States Senator Sheldon Whitehouse on legislative policy governing immigration reform, economic development and funding for small businesses. As the Entrepreneur-in-Residence he mentors, coaches and advises student ventures, and facilitates the commercialization of Brown technology and IP.