Texas Governor Rick Perry recently appointed six members to the Texas Emerging Technology Advisory Committee; among them is a past vice chancellor of Research and Commercialization for the Texas Tech University System.

According to the governor’s website, the Texas Emerging Technology Enterprise Fund is a $485 million fund created by the Texas Legislature in 2005 at Perry’s behest. They invest in university spin-off or related startup companies; match various federal grant programs to research endeavors; and award funds to assist Texas higher education institutions in maintaining research superiority.

To receive funding, applicants must make a presentation before the 17-member advisory committee comprised of high-tech leaders, entrepreneurs and research experts. The members make assessments and advise the governor, lieutenant governor and speaker of the house on how to allocate TETF funds.
Lubbock’s own David L. Miller, chief operating officer of Flat Wireless and owner of Synergy HomeCare, has been reappointed by Gov. Perry to the TEFT advisory committee. Miller is a former vice chancellor of Research and Commercialization at Tech and past board chair of the National Institute for Renewable Energy.

Miller received a bachelor’s degree from Midwestern State University, a law degree from Texas Tech, and an MBA from the TTU Rawls College of Business.

Other appointments and reappointments include: Charlie Galvin of Austin, Sha-Chelle Manning of Fairview, Ofer Molad of Austin, Emil Pena of Houston, and Jaye Thompson of the Woodlands.