Raghupathy “Siva” Sivakumar has been appointed as the university’s inaugural vice-president of commercialisation and chief commercialisation officer.

Raghupathy “Siva” Sivakumar has been named the first vice-president of commercialisation and chief commercialisation officer of Georgia Tech.

The appointment makes permanent Sivakumar’s position as chief commercialisation officer, after he had held it in an interim capacity since November 2020.

Among his responsibilities will be bringing together commercialisation and tech transfer activities across Georgia Tech’s campus, with a view of moving more inventions to market globally.

Sivakumar holds the Wayne J Holman Chair in Georgia Tech’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His accomplishments have included the launch of Create-X, a student incubator programme that has supported the creation of more than 300 startups in six years.

He is also a serial entrepreneur himself, and three companies he helped launch – EG Technology, Asankya and StarMobile – were all acquired.

Sivakumar said: “There is plenty of work to do and we have some challenges – we are working on a cultural shift, and that is not an easy thing to do. But I have learned so much in this role so far, and I am confident in what we have accomplished already, particularly in effecting the student perspective on entrepreneurship.”