My statement on Diversity:
As a minority researcher working at one the most elite HBCUs in the world, one of my professional goals is to use my experiences and talents to increase the number highly trained minorities within the STEM pipeline and to also continue the movement of the STEM Diversity meter in a positive direction. After my new startup company was selected to attend the FLC on April 24-26, 2018, I realized that beyond my determination to increase the number of minorities with the necessary STEM skills to fill positions within todays STEM workforce, I am now in a position to help move the needle forward on minority inspired innovation and entrepreneurship. Thus, as a minority business owner, I look forward to not only seeing my research innovations moving towards commercialization for the public benefit but also partnering with CSN (and other Centers), federal labs, universities outside of CSN, non-profit organization, and granting agencies in effort to increase the number of minority faculties and students pursuing innovation and entrepreneurship on HBCU campuses across the Globe.
Dr. Michael L. Curry grew up in a small-town atmosphere in Bay Springs, MS.His parents are Ira G. Curry, Sr. and Rosie Lee Curry of Bay Springs, MS.He is the youngest boy of 8 siblings (6 males and 2 females).He attended and graduated from Bay Springs High School in 1990.Shortly after high school graduation, he enlisted into the United States Navy and served aboard a nuclear-powered submarine, where he gained a passion for science and technology which led him to pursue a degree in science.Dr. Curry is currently married to the love of his life, Dr. Alicia L. Curry (Ph.D.), Dean of the School of Education at Stillman College located in Tuscaloosa, AL., who he met during his undergraduate tenure at The University of West Alabama.He received his B.S. degree in Chemistry with a minor in Mathematics from The University of West Alabama in 1999, and his Ph.D. degree in Analytical Chemistry with a research focus on Materials Science from The University of Alabama in 2004.Dr. Curry has held the following academic positions: Associate Professor of Chemistry and Adjunct Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Tuskegee University from 2009 to current, Summer Research Scientist at the University of Alabama from 2005-2007, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at The University of West Alabama from 2005 to 2009, Tuskegee University Senior Scientific Investigator for the NSF Funded Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology from 2015 to 2018, and as the Chair of the Alabama and Auburn Local Sections of the American Chemical Society. He recently launched a new research and development startup company where he serves as the President, Founder, and CEO. Dr. Curry has won and been nominated for many research and service awards throughout his academic career such as, The University of Alabama Chemistry Department Outstanding Graduate Student Award andOutstanding Research by a Doctoral Student Award, Tuskegee University Faculty Service Performance Award, Tuskegee University Faculty Achievement Award, and received the American Chemical Society Past Chair Pin Award for his service to the American Chemical Society Local Sections. He has developed an internationally recognized research program that currently focuses on the development and design of eco-friendly plastic materials.As of date, he has produced more than 30 technical journal and conference papers, delivered more than 50 technical talks at scientific conferences