Brown University School of Engineering

Corporate Advisory Board

The School of Engineering CAB has been developed to ensure that the growth and evolution of the School accords with industry needs, and that the School will be guided and supported by robust industry involvement.

A main purpose of the CAB is to mutually benefit industry partners and the School. This is accomplished by developing relationships that enhance both student internship and employment opportunities, and explore ways for faculty to partner with industry in performing high-impact research. The CAB will provide the Dean with guidance on the School’s educational program – its quality and relevance to state-of-the-art engineering challenges, together with the preparedness of its graduates.

The School of Engineering at Brown University runs a corporate advisory board, an engineering career fair, and accepts sponsored research from corporations and non-profit organizations. 

The decision to engage with a corporation or non-profit emerges from conversations and relationships that develop over months and even years. The School of Engineering's relationships with companies and other organizations are intended to be beneficial to Brown – its faculty, staff and students - and to be aligned with our academic values. We start from a place of respect for the legitimate business and political activities of our corporate partners, even if some members of our community disagree with them.

The School of Engineering benefits enormously from its interactions with its partner organizations, just as it benefits from informed debate among its community members.

Dan Leibholz ’86 Sc.M.’88
VP, Chief Technology Officer
Analog Devices, Inc.
Norwood, MA 

Ryan Ross (CAB Chair)
Director of Software Engineering 
Arista Networks
Boston, MA

Richard J. Walsh
Senior Director
Boeing Research & Technology
Philadelphia, PA

Axel zur Loye, Ph.D. ’81
Chief Engineer (dual fuel engines)
Columbus, IN


Earl Owens ’89
Sr. Account Manager, Federal Systems Integrators 
NVIDIA Corporation
Washington, DC



Sheila Hemami 
Director, Strategic Technical Opportunities 
Draper Laboratory
Cambridge, MA

Paul Bechta ’87 Sc.M.’88
Senior Director, Global Services
Hopkinton, MA

Lou Hector, Jr., Ph.D. 
Technical Fellow, Research and Development
General Motors
Warren, MI



Lou DiPalma Sc.M. '89 P'08 
Chief Engineer - Undersea Systems
Portsmouth, RI

Colin Mercer, Ph.D. 
Vice President, R&D
Providence, RI

Jeff Trauberman ’76, J.D.  
VP, Government Affairs
Virgin/VOX Space
Washington, DC

Michael Pereira 
Executive Vice President, Technology & Operations 
Providence, RI