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Dr. Matthew Hanson

Assistant Professor, Director, Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics
The George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics
Expertise: Entrepreneurship; Finance; Start-ups; Venture Capital; Angel Investing; Scrum Master;
Office Location: The Ralph W. Leatherby Center, 549 W. Palm Avenue, Orange, CA 92866
University of Southern California, Bachelor of Science
Chapman University, Master of Business Admin.
University of Southern California, Ph.D.


Dr. Hanson is a Chapman University alumnus and former Adjunct Professor, and now serves as the Director of the Ralph W. Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics and Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship. Prior to his current role, he was Senior Program Manager at Beckman Coulter where he led international cross-functional teams in the development of a clinical automation systems and a web-based clinical app. Before joining Beckman Coulter, Dr. Hanson was Vice President and Co-Founder of Integrated Medical Systems, Inc. In this role, he was responsible for corporate strategy, financial projections, legislative affairs, and investor development. Immediately prior to joining Northrop Grumman's intrapreneurial Biomedical Group, Dr. Hanson was Advanced Technology Manager in their Washington D.C. Offices. Prior to joining the Northrop Grumman Corporation as a Project Engineer on the B-2 Stealth Bomber program, then-Air Force Captain Hanson was Executive Officer for the $2B international Global Positioning System (GPS) Joint Program Office. Dr. Hanson retired from the Air Force Reserves at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. His teaching experience includes undergraduate Senior Engineering Lab at USC, and Business Mathematics for Chapman University. His academic background includes a doctorate in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California as a Northrop Grumman Fellow; as well as an MBA from Chapman University.