Bob Gemmell is scholar-practitioner with over 30 years of business operating experience as a semiconductor chip designer, senior executive, serial entrepreneur/intrapreneur, CEO and angel investor.
Gemmell’s last operating position was as Chairman and CEO of wireless IoT pioneer Cirronet, Inc. Cirronet was acquired in 2006 and Gemmell continued to manage the business as division President and Executive Director until October, 2010. Gemmell received BS/MS degrees in electrical engineering (summa cum laude) from Georgia Tech and his MBA at Duke University. He was inducted into the Georgia Tech Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni in 2003 for his contributions to digital communications technology.
Gemmell decided to pursue academia as a full-time “second career” and completed his Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management in 2012. His research agenda is focused primarily on entrepreneurial learning and innovation, including two recently published journal articles: “Learning Styles of Entrepreneurs in Knowledge-Intensive Industries” (special issue of International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research on Entrepreneurial Learning, 2017) and “Learning Behaviors Across Levels in New Ventures and Innovation Outcomes” (Journal of Small Business Management, 2019).
Gemmell began his teaching career at Georgia State University in 2008 and was Director of Georgia State University’s Russell Center for Entrepreneurship from 2011-2014. He took a leave of absence from GSU and served as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Wake Forest University teaching strategy, organizational behavior and entrepreneurship from 2014-2016. Gemmell then returned to Georgia Tech as a Professor of the Practice and Executive Director for the TI:GER entrepreneurship and tech transfer program from 2016 to 2019, focusing especially on advising student start-up teams. Teams that Gemmell coached were highly successful in major international business plan competitions, including the prestigious Rice Business plan competition and the TYE Global competition winner in 2019.