Keith McGregor named Fulbright specialist


The VentureLab director is one of nine from Georgia Tech to stand out.

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Keith McGregor, professor at the School of Interactive Computing and director of VentureLab. (Photo: Peralte C. Paul)

Keith McGreggor, a Georgia Tech professor of practice at the School of Interactive Computing and director of VentureLab, has been named a Fulbright Specialist, one of only nine at Georgia Tech since the program began in 2001.

The Specialist Program, part of the Fulbright Exchange offering that includes Fulbright Scholars, pairs American scholars and professionals with institutions abroad to share expertise, strengthen relationships, hone skills, learn an international experience and discover other cultures.

Once accepted into the program, specialists remain on the list for four years. During this time, they are matched with projects designed by host institutions from more than 150 countries. Internships last from two to six weeks.

McGreggor, who is also executive director of the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps South (Innovation Corps) and associate director of the GVU Center, cited artificial intelligence (AI) and entrepreneurship as his areas of expertise. He will work in the Republic of Ireland with Science Foundation Ireland, where he has worked for the past four years to establish an I-Corps based training system for foundation researchers for its first deployment.

As Director of I-Corps South, McGreggor is a leader in entrepreneurship education. He is also an instructor for the Innovation and Technology Commercialization Professionals (ITCP) course, an international online course offering that includes learners from Asia, Europe and Africa.

“I seek to better understand the opportunities and challenges these researchers face when trying to translate their technologies to the world,” he said. “Furthermore, I study the complex Irish university/industry ecosystem, to look for ways to enhance technology transfer and commercialization.”

His Irish hosts look forward to McGreggor’s experience as an entrepreneurial ecosystem builder.

“SFI is delighted to host Keith for five weeks, to benefit from his significant experience and expertise in the field of entrepreneurship,” said Darragh O’Neill, Head of Challenges Research for SFI and a colleague at McGregor. “While in Ireland, Keith will work in several SFI teams and engage with the research community in Ireland.”

For future deployments, McGregor has goals related to both AI and entrepreneurship. “For entrepreneurship, I want to learn and appreciate the differences between commercialization, technology transfer, and entrepreneurial education in different cultures,” McGreggor said. “For AI, I’m very interested in how the adoption of AI can be used to improve the human condition in different cultures, especially in areas where the overall rate of technology adoption is considered. as weak.”

He is also excited to bring back to Georgia Tech what he learns and experiences as a specialist.

“My belief is that there are universal cultural commonalities in these challenges and opportunities, as well as important differences,” he said. “I seek to enhance my own understanding of these so that Georgia Tech can improve its own impact on commercialization and entrepreneurship, and to increase the applicability of I-Corps Entrepreneurial Studies programs and all courses Georgia Tech Entrepreneurship Center to a more equitable, diverse, accessible, and inclusive worldview.

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