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Gemmell, Robert

Robert Gemmell

Executive Director TI:GER Program

Ph.D. Case Western Reserve University
M.B.A. Duke University
M.S. Electrical Engineering, Georgia Tech
B.S. Electrical Engineering, Georgia Tech

Dr. Robert (Bob) Gemmell is Director of the TI:GER program here at Georgia Tech.

Dr. Gemmell is a successful entrepreneur-turned educator and researcher. Prior to moving into academia, Gemmell enjoyed a 30 year career in the technology industry as a chip design engineer, senior executive, tech transfer consultant, intrapreneur (two corporate start-ups), serial entrepreneur and angel investor.

Gemmell has served as a mentor and consultant to dozens of technology start-up companies.  In 1992, he launched a successful seed grant program at Georgia Tech for technology transfer (now called Venture Labs).  He most recently served as chairman and CEO of the wireless technology firm Cirronet, Inc. until the company's successful acquisition in 2006 and continued to manage that business for the new parent company through 2010.

Before joining Georgia Tech in 2016, Gemmell was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Strategy at Wake Forest University and Assistant Professor and Director of the Russell Center for Entrepreneurship at Georgia State University.

He received BS/MS degrees in electrical engineering (summa cum laude) from Georgia Tech and an MBA at Duke University. Gemmell was inducted into the Georgia Tech Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni in 2003 for his contributions to digital communications technology. Gemmell decided to pursue a second career as a college professor and received his Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management in 2012.

Gemmell's research studies on entrepreneurial creativity, cognition, learning and behavior have been published in Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice and presented at major conferences such as the Academy of Management, Babson Entrepreneurship Research Conference and Decision Sciences where his paper won best Innovation Paper.