Faculty Committee 2017-2018


Brendan McNally, Interim DirectorBrendan McNally, Interim Director

Interim Director, C.V. Starr Program in Business, Entrepreneurship and Organizations

Brendan McNally is responsible for supporting faculty and students in curricular and co-curricular initiatives including academic advising, course planning, capstone project development, student mentoring, student internships, community connections and alumni engagement.

Brendan is a key member of the instructional team for BEO’s senior capstone course that requires students to solve real-world challenges of for-profit, nonprofit and startup organizations. Brendan is a frequent mentor and advisor to start-up teams, student organizations and the Providence-based Social Enterprise Greenhouse.

Brendan served as founding director of the RI Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (RI-CIE), a statewide collaborative effort launched in 2009 to advance innovation and entrepreneurship in Rhode Island. He has worked in Office of the President at Brown coordinating special projects in support of the university’s strategic plans and has worked in consulting roles for Bank of America, Met Life, US Military Sea Lift Command, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, and American Management Systems. He received a BA from Bowdoin College and an MBA from the Simon School of Business Administration at the University of Rochester.

Lisa DiCarlo, Ph.D.Lisa DiCarlo, Ph.D.

Organizational Studies Track Advisor and Lecturer of Sociology

Professor DiCarlo  taught at Babson College (2001-2011) before coming to Brown in 2012. An anthropologist by training, her research interests center on the migration of people and ideas, most recently at the intersection of innovation and social entrepreneurship. She is the author of Migrating to America: Transnational Social Networks and Regional Identity among Turkish Migrants (IB Tauris 2008). In addition, she has written on social innovation, the use of ethnographic methods in entrepreneurship and business curriculum, anthropological approaches to the study of entrepreneurship, and on the importance of understanding context in the process of social venture creation. Professor DiCarlo's research focuses on the Mediterranean region in general and Turkey in particular. She is currently working on the creation of a digital-born publication on the topic of refugees in the age of technology. 

Jason Harry, Ph.D.Jason Harry, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of the Practice, Engineering

Professor 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. 

Patrick Heller, Ph.D.Patrick Heller, Ph.D.

The Lyn Crost Professor of Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology and International Studies

Professor Heller is the director of the development research program at the Watson Institute of International Studies and Public Affairs. His main area of research is the comparative study of social inequality and democratic deepening. He has published articles on urbanization, comparative democracy, social movements, development policy, civil society and state transformation.

Larry Larson, Ph.D.Larry Larson, Ph.D.

Sorenson Family Dean of Engineering, Professor of Engineering, Founding Dean of the School of Engineering

Dean Larson is a pioneer in microelectronics technology and wireless communications. Prior to Brown, he spent over 30 years in academic and private industry research including the University of California–San Diego Hughes Research Laboratories where he pioneered the development of analog integrated circuits and new generations of low-noise high-electron mobility transistors (HEMTs), as well as microwave integrated circuits in SiGe HBT technology. 

Eric Renault, Ph.D.Eric Renault, Ph.D.

C.V. Starr Professor of Business, Entrepreneurship & Organizations, Professor of Economics

Professor Renault One of the world’s most distinguished economic theorists, Eric Renault is widely known for his research in econometrics, with a particular focus on financial econometrics. His work includes more than 60 refereed publications in the leading journals of economics, finance, and statistics, including the Journal of Econometrics, the Journal of the Royal Statistical SocietyEconometric TheoryEconometrica, and Mathematical Finance.

Eric Suuberg, Ph.D.Eric Suuberg, Ph.D.

The C.V. Starr Professor of Engineering

Professor Suuberg leads a research program in energy and environmental research in addition to his activities in BEO and the School of Engineering's Program in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship (PRIME). His research interests range from how environmental pollutants can influence indoor air quality through the vapor intrusion process, to the properties of polycyclic aromatic compounds. 

David Weil, Ph.D.David Weil, Ph.D.

James and Merryl Tisch Professor of Economics

Professor Weil, is an alumnus of Brown (A.B., History, 1982). He returned to Brown as an Assistant Professor in 1990, after receiving his Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University. He has been a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research since 1997.