BEO Faculty Committee
Faculty Director, Organizational Studies Track Advisor, Social Capstone Course Leader, Professor of Sociology and Community Health: Dr. Mary Fennell specializes in the application of organizational theory to health care organizations. She has led or collaborated on more than a dozen externally-funded research projects in the areas of organizational change in health care, innovation diffusion, professional careers, inter-organizational linkage and alliance formation in health care. Cofounder of the BEO concentration, she teaches courses on organizational theory, work and organizations, health care organizations, and health care policy. From 2000 through 2004, she served as Brown’s Dean of the Faculty. Recently, she was awarded the National Institutes of Health (NIH) 2009 Director’s Award. The honor recognizes her exemplary leadership in developing and implementing the National Cancer Institute’s Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP) to enhance community-based cancer care and research
Technology Management Track Advisor and Entrepreneurship Capstone Leader: Dr. Eric Suuberg, Professor of Engineering, is interested in energy and environmental research applications including fuel chemistry (coal, oil shale and biomass), activated carbons (production and properties), materials reuse opportunities (automobile tires and coal fly ash), fire safety and most recently, the characterization and cleanup of lands and sediments contaminated with mixed pollutants (with a focus on thermodynamics of mixtures of high molecular weight organic compounds). One of the founding members of Brown's Chemical Engineering program and cofounder of the BEO concentration, he teaches subjects in both engineering and business-related areas. Recently, he has been involved in developing Brown's new sequence in Entrepreneurship, as well as the PRIME program in Engineering, which he co-directs.
Department Chair and Professor of Economics: Dr. Roberto Serrano also is a Research Associate at the IMDEA in Madrid, Spain. One of its founding Charter Members in 1999 and a Member of the Council of the Game Theory Society since 2005, Dr. Serrano’s primary fields of interest include game theory and micro-economics. He has published one book and over forty articles in leading economics, game theory and applied mathematics journals. He has taught microeconomics, game theory, bargaining and auction theory, economics of uncertainty and information, industrial organization, the theory of contracts and mathematical economics at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. In addition to a number of prizes for his research, Dr. Serrano was the recipient of the William McLaughlin Award for Teaching Excellence in the Social Sciences in 1999 and the Omicron-Delta-Epsilon Economics Professor of the Year Award in 2006.
Founding Dean of the School of Engineering: Dr. Lawrence Larson is a pioneer in microelectronics technology and wireless communications. He took this position at Brown in July 2011 after chairing the the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of California–San Diego. His 15 years as in the UCSD faculty were preceded by a 16-year career at Hughes Research Laboratories. There, 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. Prof. Larson has published more than 300 papers in peer-reviewed journals and international conferences and edited or co-authored three books. He holds 39 patents and obtained his PhD from UCLA in 1986.
C. V. Starr professor of Economics: Dr. Eric Renault is one of the world’s most distinguished economic theorists and 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 Society, Econometric Theory, Econometrica, and Mathematical Finance. Professor Renault received his Masters in Economics and Statistics from ENSAE, Paris and his PhD in Applied Mathematics for Social Sciences from Paris University Dauphine. Prior to joining Brown, professor Renault was the Henry A. Latane Distinguished Professor of Economics at the University of North Carolina. He teaches financial econometrics.
Department Chair and Professor of Sociology: Dr. David Lindstrom's research examines the determinants and consequences of migration in economically developing societies, the transition into adulthood, and the changing dynamics of reproductive health and behavior. In Mexico and Guatemala he has studied the interrelationship between migration and stages of the family life cycle, and the role of migration in the diffusion of urban reproductive norms and behavior back to rural places of origin. In Ethiopia he examined the social and demographic determinants of fertility, and the influence of the social and cultural context on early life course transitions. Prof Lindstrom's received his PhD degree in sociology with specializations in demography and statistics from the University of Chicago in 1995 and is a core faculty associate of the Population Studies and Training Centers at Brown. He has published his research in Demography, Population Studies, Social Forces, International Migration Review, Studies in Family Planning and Social Sciences and Medicine, among other journals. A member of the BEO faculty committee at its inception, Prof. Lindstrom returned to the Committee in the Fall of 2011 as Chair of the Sociology Department.