Faculty Committee 2019-2020

Brendan McNally, Interim DirectorBrendan McNally, Interim Director

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.

Janet Blume, Ph.D.Janet Blume, Ph.D.

Janet Blume, Ph.D., Deputy Dean of the Faculty, Associate Provost of Engineering

She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Princeton University, Magna Cum Laude in 1982, followed by a PhD in Applied Mechanics from the California Institute of Technology in 1986. She immediately joined the faculty in Engineering at Brown as a member of the Mechanics of Solids and Structures group, doing research in the mathematical issues in the behavior of solids undergoing large deformations.

She has taught engineering courses at all levels of the graduate and undergraduate curricula in the School of Engineering, and is perhaps most known for teaching the introductory engineering courses.

Professor Blume has received the Philip J. Bray award for Excellence in Teaching in the Physical Sciences, 1997, the School of Engineering Dedicated Faculty award, 2009, and the Karen T. Romer Prize for Excellence in Advising, 2011.


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. 

Brian Knight, Ph.D.Brian Knight, Ph.D.

Professor of Economics, Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and BEO Business Economics Track Advisor

Professor Knight previously worked as an economist in the Division of Research and Statistics at the Federal Reserve Board and has held visiting faculty positions at Yale University and Harvard University. He received his PhD in 2000 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his B.S. in 1992 from Miami University. Research interests include political economy, fiscal federalism, and local public finance. His research has been published in American Economic ReviewQuarterly Journal of EconomicsJournal of Political Economy, Review of Economic Studies, Review of Economics and StatisticsJournal of the European Economic Association, Economic JournalInternational Economic Review, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics and Journal of Public Economics. He has served as a co-editor at the Journal of Public Economics and on the editorial boards at the American Economic ReviewAmerican Economic Journal: Economic Policy, and the National Tax Journal.

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. 

Danny Warshay, MBADanny Warshay, MBA

Executive Director, Jonathan M. Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship

Danny Warshay, Professor of the Practice in Engineering is an alumnus of Brown (A.B., History, 1987). In addition to being the first Executive Director of the Jonathan M. Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship, he teaches a course, ENGN 1010: The Entrepreneurial Process, which the Critical Review recognized s the highest-rated course in the University. Danny is also a member of the entrepreneurship faculty in the Tel Aviv University MBA program and leads intensive Entrepreneurial Process workshops in corporate, governmental, and academic contexts throughout the United States, and in China, Egypt, Portugal, Bahrain, Slovenia, South Africa, Jordan, Palestine, Israel, and the UK.