Brett Anitra Gilbert, assistant professor of management at Mays Business School at Texas A&M University, has been reappointed by Governor Rick Perry to serve on the Texas Emerging Technology Fund advisory committee. Gilbert was originally selected to finish out the term of Texas A&M President Elsa Murano, which expires August 31 of this year. She has now been reappointed to the committee for another two-year term.
The advisory committee for the fund meets four to five times each year to review applications for funding from entrepreneurs that are still in the planning and development stage of their proposed technological product or service. Gilbert and the other 16 members of the advisory committee examine dozens of proposals each year before making recommendations to the governor as to which candidates should receive the state funding.
The purpose of the fund is to bring scientists and researchers to Texas as a means of boosting the state economy through job creation. The fund, which has awarded $110 million since it began in 2006, attracts high-tech jobs and helps start-up companies get off the ground faster.
Gilbert holds a PhD in entrepreneurship from Indiana University. Prior to joining the Mays faculty in the fall of 2007, she was an assistant professor of management at Georgia State University. She is currently teaching courses on creativity and innovation at the graduate and undergraduate levels. In addition, she also serves as a reviewer for the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Business Venturing and Small Business Economics.