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Oklahoma State University



School of Entrepreneurship
Don R Brattain Associate Professor of Practice in Entrepreneurship

Phone: 405-744-2356


Richard Gajan is the Thoma Family Clinical Assistant Professor in Entrepreneurship. From 2006-2011, Richard served as a Venture Advisor for I2E, Inc., a high profile Oklahoma non-profit organization that helps create high technology companies. During that period, he guided 27 I2E clients in launching businesses that collectively raised $13 million in equity funding and $4.5 million in grants. He assisted an additional 40 clients with business consulting, financial strategies, and bootstrapping. For the past year, Richard has owned and operated Gajan Consulting, where he has continued to advise and mentor startup companies. Richard works with the School of Entrepreneurship students and student teams who are working on forming their own business ventures. The School of Entrepreneurship works with students from across campus, including the Spears School of Business, Arts & Sciences, Engineering and Agriculture. Richard has an MBA from the University of Michigan, an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Oklahoma State University. He will also be a vital part of our growing Master's in Entrepreneurship program, which includes students from varied academic backgrounds.


  • MBA, University of Michigan, 1998
  • MS, Texas A&M University, Mechanical Engineering, 1987
  • BS, Oklahoma State University, Mechanical Engineering, 1985

Awards and Honors

  • Entrepreneurship Outstanding Service Award (2020)
  • John Wiese Entrepreneurial Excellence Award (2018)
  • Excellence in Entrepreneurial Service (2017)
  • Entrepreneur Educator of the Year (2014)
  • Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year (2014)

Academic, Military, and Professional Positions

  • Buffalo Brothers Brands LLC, CFO, May 12 2019
  • Oklahoma State University, Don R Brattain Associate Professor of Practice in Entrepreneurship, January 2013
  • MITO Material Solutions, LLC, CEO, September 18 2017 - April 16 2018
  • Gajan Consulting, Consultant, 2012
  • i2E, Inc., Venture Advisor, 2006 - 2011
  • Gajan Consulting, Consultant, 2005 - 2006
  • McElroy Manufacturing Inc., Venture Products manager, 2001 - 2005
  • Williams Communications, Independent Contractor, 2001 - 2001
  • FMC Corporation, Marketing Manager, 1998 - 2000
  • Bell Helicopter, Textron, Senior Engineer, 1994 - 1996
  • Aircraft Safety Technology Inc., Vice President, 1993 - 1994
  • Bell Helicopter, Textron, Senior Engineer, 1987 - 1993