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Faculty Profiles

Close School Faculty

Donna De Carolis

Donna Marie De Carolis, Ph.D., is the Founding Dean of the Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship. As an educator, Donna has researched, written and lectured extensively on various aspects of entrepreneurship, technology management and technology commercialization. She is certified in Emotional Intelligence coaching and integrates her expertise in this area into her technology leadership curriculum. She is the recipient of the prestigious Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching (2003) and the Distinguished Teaching Excellence Award from Executive MBA’s. Her research has appeared in journals such as the Strategic Management Journal, The Journal of Management, Journal of Business Venturing and Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. Prior to coming to Drexel, she was a strategy consultant and lobbyist. She earned her doctoral degree in strategic management from Temple University, and holds an MBA from Villanova University. More...

Roy Carriker

In 2002, after 26 years Carriker retired as vice chairman of Teleflex Incorporated, a diversified $ 2.2 billion NYSE firm, initially growing Aerospace revenues from a few million to over $600 million, then as a corporate officer playing a key role in transforming Teleflex to a global provider of goods and services with over 130 operations in 21 countries. Post Teleflex, Carriker served as CEO and chairman of Indivers BV (the Netherlands), a private-venture fund focused on entrepreneurs, and as an advisor to OTB BV (the Netherlands) as well as the Aerospace Industries Association Board of Governors. Further, he founded and remains active in Global Advisors LLC, providing counsel in the areas of technology assessment, start-ups, going global, acquisitions/divestitures, joint ventures and business strategy. More...

Damian Salas

Damian Salas is an Assistant Teaching Professor and the Director of the Entrepreneurship Living-Learning Community at the Close School of Entrepreneurship. He is a seasoned manager with over 20 years leading successful nonprofit ventures. His success in establishing and implementing innovative operational and financial strategies for Horizon House, Inc. contributed greatly to the growth of the organization from $20M to $90M over 10 years.