As interim vice president, Fite leads a 12-program organization and
160-member staff who operate a statewide network of assistance to
Georgia. As a group, EI² is the nation’s largest and most
comprehensive university-based program of business and industry
assistance, technology commercialization, and economic development.
Fite, who was previously EI²’s associate vice president, also is
director of its Business & Industry Services group of programs.
She has more than 26 years of economic development experience at Tech.
The Business & Industry Services group includes the Georgia
Manufacturing Extension Partnership (GaMEP), EI²’s largest economic
development offering. It also includes:
Safety, Health, and Environmental Services (SHES)
Atlanta MBDA Centers
Contracting Education Academy
Georgia Tech Procurement Assistance Center (GTPAC)
Southeastern Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (SETAAC)
Previously, Fite was director of the GaMEP.
Her earlier experience includes the application of industrial and
management engineering, employee involvement, and business principles.
She has a master’s degree in business administration from the
University of Miami and a bachelor’s in health systems from Georgia
Tech.In 2018, she achieved the faculty rank of principal extension
professional, the Georgia Tech’s highest professional extension
David Bridges is a Director of the Enterprise Innovation Institute’s
(EI2) Startup Ecosystems group and AVP for EI2 International
Initiatives. His group advises governments, communities, universities
and entrepreneurial support organizations, both in the United States
and around the globe, on innovation-led economic development
initiatives (ILED). The ILED activities foster collaborations among
informal network players to drive public policy, strategic planning,
startup ecosystem formation, and fiscal and economic impact metrics
for which his group is a foremost authority.
Bridges has been with EI2 for more than 21 years. In that time, he
has managed programs around technology transfer, co-development
research, SBIR grants, seed fund management, international
commercialization, incubation, acceleration, proof-of-concept centers,
cluster development, university innovation centers, and startup
ecosystems. Bridges is the author or co-author of more than $32
million in innovation-related grants for Georgia Tech, including the
NASA Regional Technology Transfer Center, three EDA Innovation 6
projects, the EDA Jobs Accelerator, and the NIST Manufacturing
Technology Acceleration Center. Bridges is also the co-developer of
the Georgia Tech Startup Ecosystem model currently in practice on
Bridges holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the
Goizueta Business School at Emory University and a master’s degree
from Georgia State University.
Gregory T. Owen serves as human resources director of Georgia Tech’s
Enterprise Innovation Institute. He has also served as adjunct faculty
for Georgia Tech teaching GT1000 for multiple semesters. He also holds
an additional USG adjunct faculty appointment and teaches social
science courses in the College of Liberal Arts at Georgia Gwinnett College.
He completed his graduate studies at Georgia State University with a
Ph.D. in Higher Education Policy and a Master’s of Science in
Educational Psychology. He has more than 15 years’ experience working
in higher education and in the field of human resources. His research
interests include policy and organizational development, performance
management, human resources process improvement, and qualitative
John is a serial entrepreneur who was part of four startups. A tech
startup veteran with broad experience in data and wireless voice
technologies, John was co-founder and chief technology officer of
Convergence Corp., a maker of software that connects wireless devices
to the Internet. Amazon acquired the company in 1999. Following that
acquisition, he joined Amazon as engineering manager.
In 2001, John became an early employee of Mobliss, a mobile
applications and messaging solutions company in the entertainment
space. He later became the company’s chief technology officer. Japan’s
Index Corp., a developer of mobile phone content and information and
other media services such as video on demand, acquired Mobliss.
He holds six patents and owns Onboard Now, a developer of software
for embedded devices such as smart phones, Web-enabled cameras, and
Most recently, he was engineering group manager of Panasonic
Automotive Systems’ Panasonic Innovation Center at the Georgia Tech
campus. At Panasonic, John oversaw the innovation center’s development
projects in next-generation automotive systems including,
infotainment, bio-sensing, machine vision, deep learning, and heads-up displays.
He is a Georgia Tech graduate with a bachelor’s degree in engineering.
Keith McGreggor is the director of VentureLab, Georgia Tech’s
comprehensive center for technology commercialization that is open to
all faculty, research staff, and students who want to form startup
companies based upon their research. VentureLab transforms those
innovations into companies by developing engaging business models,
connecting the researcher with experienced entrepreneurs, locating
sources of early-stage financing, and preparing these new companies
for global markets.
McGreggor has been an entrepreneur for the last three decades. His
first company, Artificial Intelligence Atlanta, was the first AI
company in the Southeast, which led to a job in robotics for Lockheed.
He has been a founder or co-founder of six software companies.
McGreggor wrote and shipped the first 3D program (1984/5) and first
color paint program (1987) for the Macintosh. He developed the color
architecture for the Macintosh operating system and managed the
graphics group at Apple Computer. A stint as co-founder of an internet
company in the mid-1990s led to McGreggor becoming a director of
engineering at Yahoo in 1999.
McGreggor holds bachelor and master’s degrees in computer science
from Georgia Tech. He’s currently writing his dissertation on fractal
visual analogies, in support of his Ph.D. in computer science from
Turner Harris leads the Georgia Tech Environment, Safety, and
Occupational Health Programs Office (ESOHPO) and Georgia Tech
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Training
Institute Education Center (OTIEC). Established in 1992 to provide
occupational safety and health and related training — Turner Harris
expanded these programs’ course offerings and increased the number of
courses offered annually across Region IV (Alabama, Florida, Georgia,
Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee).
Turner Harris played a major role in the development of the Georgia
Tech Professional Master’s in Occupational Safety and Health (PMOSH)
Program and serves as the Associate PMOSH Program Director.
She is a certified environmental safety and health trainer and has
more than 29 years of experience in industrial hygiene and
occupational safety and health. She is the president of the National
Environmental Safety and Health Training Association (NESHTA) Board of Directors.
While working as a compliance safety and health officer for OSHA, she
conducted numerous health and safety inspections in a variety of
private and Federal workplaces. Turner Harris Holds a bachelor’s
degree in biology from Georgia State University and a Master of Public
Health (MPH) degree in general and environmental studies from Emory
University. She has a Ph.D. in higher education with an emphasis in
occupational studies from Georgia State University.
Israel leads EI²’s largest and longest running program, the Georgia
Manufacturing Extension Partnership (GaMEP) and is responsible for the
manufacturing resources and regional staff located across Georgia.
Previously, he had been GaMEP’s associate director and group manager
of process improvement.
The GaMEP works with manufacturers across the state to offer
innovation- and solutions-based approaches via consulting, couching,
A member organization of the National MEP network and supported by
the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the GaMEP’s main
goal is to help manufacturers increase top line growth and reduce
Israel, a 30-year veteran at Georgia Tech, began his career as a
project engineer in Tech’s Gainesville Regional Office. He also served
as a project manager in Georgia Tech’s Georgia Productivity and
Quality Center (GPQC) and the Center for International Standards and
An expert in lean manufacturing, quality management systems, and
supplier development, Israel earned his bachelor’s and master’s
degrees in industrial engineering from Georgia Tech.
Paul has been with the Georgia Institute of Technology since 2014. He
has more than 20 years media and communications experience as a
reporter and writer for various news outlets — including The Atlanta
Journal-Constitution, The Florida Times-Union, and The
Jersey Journal — and as an editor in online news media at Aol. He has
covered a number of different business-related topics, including
Banking, Economic Development, Georgia Agriculture/Agribusiness, and
Law. He also has a public relations background having worked for a
boutique, New York-based public relations agency where he worked on a
number of business-to-business and business-to-consumer accounts. Paul
is a graduate of Rutgers University, where he earned his bachelor’s
degree in English, with a concentration in journalism.