Georgia Tech has named Marie Thursby of the Scheller College of Business a Regents' Professor.
The University System of Georgia Board of Regents grants the professorships to outstanding, tenured full professors based on excellence in research and contributions to their professions and institutions. Thursby is one of only two Regents' Professors named at Tech this year.
"We are very proud of our new Georgia Tech Regents' Professors," said Rafael L. Bras, provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs. "By definition, they represent the very best among our extraordinary faculty — they are educators, academicians and scholars of the first order."
Thursby, a research associate of National Bureau of Economics Research since 1987, is currently Hal and John Smith Chair of Entrepreneurship in the Scheller College of Business. Her research focuses on various topics including the economics of innovation, the role of universities in innovation systems, multinational R&D decisions, and how incentive systems created by government and other institutional policies affect inventive effort, as well as the disclosure and diffusion of scientific discoveries. Her work has been influential in Congressional, National Institute of Health, and U.S. National Academies policy discussions on optimizing the impact of university research. She has received research funding from the Alan and Mildred Peterson Foundation, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Science Foundation.
One of her major contributions to Georgia Tech since arriving in 2002, has been founding the internationally acclaimed Technological Innovation: Generating Economic Returns (TI:GER®) program for which she received the 2006 Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Pedagogy Award. TI:GER is a unique collaboration between the Institute and the Emory University Law School which teams PhD students in science and engineering with MBA and JD students in an experiential curriculum focused on the intersection of technical, legal and business issues at the heart of innovation. In 2009, TI:GER received the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers Award for Exceptional Activity in Entrepreneurship Across Universities.
Prior to arriving at Tech, Thursby was the Burton D. Morgan Chair of International Policy and Management at Purdue University and has held faculty appointments at the University of Michigan, Ohio State University, Syracuse University and North Carolina State University.
"I feel quite honored and grateful," Thursby said. "At Georgia Tech, I get to work with great colleagues and students in an environment that can't help but make one productive. "
The other Regents’ Professor named at Tech this year was Gregory Abowd of the College of Computing.