Don Stanford


Don began working for GTECH’s founders in 1979 as Manager of Software Development. In over 30 years at GTECH, he has held every technical leadership position, including Vice President of Advanced Development and Chief Technology Officer. Stanford guided the growth of GTECH’s technology organization from a software staff of four in 1979 to its current worldwide deployment of over 1000 technology professionals. From 1986 until 1989, Don served on the GTECH Corporation Board. Under Don’s leadership, GTECH advanced the state of the art in both transaction processing and wireless communications which enabled it to dominate its industry worldwide and install systems on six continents. Stanford earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations in 1972 and a Master’s in Computer Science/Applied Mathematics in 1977 from Brown University. Don serves on several boards including Times Squared Academy Charter School, Spectra Systems and the Business Innovation Factory. Don is a member of the R.I. Science and Technology Advisory Council.


In 2001 Don was appointed Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Brown University and has been teaching undergraduates since 2002. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the School of Engineering and is an instructor in the Program in Innovation, Management and Entrepreneurship (PRIME). He serves on the Brown advisory councils to the President and the School of Engineering.


In 1999, Don received both the Black Engineer of the Year Award for Professional Achievement as well as the Honorable Thurgood Marshall award for community service from the NAACP. In 2002, he received the Brown Graduate School’s Distinguished Graduate award and the R.I. Professional Engineer’s Award for Community Service.


Don and his wife, Jane, live in Pawtucket, Rhode Island and St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.

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