PRIME Faculty | PRIME: Program in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship

PRIME Faculty

Patrick J McHugh

Director, Program in Innovation Management & Entrepreneurship (PRIME), 

Professor of the Practice, School of Engineering

Professor McHugh teaches courses in entrepreneurship and strategic management and finance at the undergraduate, graduate and executive levels. His research interests focus on legitimacy and network theory in the context of social media and decision making. His work has been published in the Journal of General Management, Journal of Management and Organizations, Journal of Prediction Markets, and MIS Quarterly Executive. He has over 25 years of industry experience with technology companies, including executive roles at three venture-backed data security firms. Earlier initiatives include building a call center automation services practice for GTE leveraging artificial intelligence and speech recognition (winner of the GTE Chairman’s Leadership Award) and an on-line financial services offering leveraging social media while at IBM Credit Corp.  He is the recipient of 2 patents in the area of call center automation and holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in engineering from Columbia University, an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, and a Ph.D. in management from Bentley University. Dr. McHugh is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and is a member of the Cherrystone Angel Group.

Jason Harry

Hugh W. Pearson '58 Professor of the Practice of Technology and Entrepreneurship, School of Engineering and Director, Breakthrough Lab, Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship

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.

Banu Ozkazanc-Pan





Associate Professor of the Practice, School of Engineering,
Academic Director of the IE Brown EMBA Program 

Professor Ozkazanc-Pan is the Founder and Director of the Venture Capital Inclusion Lab at the Jonathan M. Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship. The Lab was started in 2018 with funds from her $260,000 Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation grant examining the decision-making and network behaviors of VCs. The Lab focuses on understanding and solving funding inequities in the VC industry through data-driven research, education and advocacy. Her research interests are mainly in the areas of diversity and inclusion in organizations and in entrepreneurial ecosystems. Previously, in 2016, she was the recipient of a research grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation for her research studying the opportunities and challenges for women entrepreneurs in St. Louis, MO and Boston, MA. The findings from this research led to her working with the City of Boston Women Entrepreneurs initiative, start-ups, and entrepreneur support organizations in order to make Boston an inclusive city for all entrepreneurs.  Recently, Banu contributed her expertise on gender and inclusion to the 2018 UN Report on “Gender Lens to the U.N. Guiding Principles on Business and Rights” (see RMIT 1, 2 and 3 reports). Her research has been covered in CBS Boston, NPR All Things Considered, NBC News, and Boston Magazine among other media outlets. Her piece in The Conversation, focusing on the intersections of gender, inclusion and tech, has over 23,000 reads and offers ideas and steps that are necessary for the tech sector to become inclusive. She was an invited expert speaker for Women Business Owner’s Day on April 30th 2019 at the Connecticut State House. In June this year, Banu was invited to testify at the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship hearing to re-authorize the SBIC program to speak about the importance of women and minorities as investors and as entrepreneurs for the economy.  Banu is currently Joint Editor in Chief of Gender, Work & Organization and the author of Transnational Migration and the New Subjects of Work: Transmigrants, Hybrids and Cosmopolitans. She has two forthcoming books with Cambridge University Press titled Entrepreneurial Ecosystems: A Critical Gender Perspective (2020) and A Transnational Approach to Entrepreneurial Ecosystems (2021).  Professor Ozkazanc-Pan has a PhD from UMass Amherst, an MBA from Loyola University Maryland and a B.A. in psychology from The John Hopkins University.


Mark Norige

Adjunct Professor, School of Engineering

Mark Norige is the Principal and CEO of the Board Forum, a successful CEO peer advisory firm and Chief Executive Manager of CHP LLC, an early stage medicinal products company.  Mark brings 30 plus years of business leadership experience to help small to mid-size companies grow revenue and profits by conducting analysis of their business and guides them to develop strategies and execution plans to achieve their desired results. He earned his B.S. Engineering from University of Massachusetts and his MBA from Babson College.

Prior to the Board Forum, Mark worked for both early stage and Fortune 300 global companies including  Texas Instruments, Waters, Millipore, and Harvard Bioscience along with several early stage investor backed firms in a variety of leadership roles in operations, product development, quality, business development and general management. His successes include; product development with over twenty new product launches; business development with a dozen acquisitions and license deals completed and multiple successful turn-arounds. He is most passionate applying his combined work and teaching experience to assist early stage businesses.

Hamzah Ansari

Adjunct Professor, 
School of Engineering

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. He has advised United States Senator Sheldon Whitehouse on legislative policy governing immigration reform, economic development and funding for small businesses.