We had the good fortune of connecting with Dr. Michael L. Curry and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dr. Michael L., we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
My view on risking taking has been shaped by the long line of African Americans who have willingly taken a leap of faith to institute positive change for black people. As a black scientist, my career places me in the forefront of the STEM industry as a professor, researcher, inventor, mentor, and entrepreneur – a PRIME career. That being stated, ‘risk taking’ plays a major role in the advancements that I have crafted throughout my career in STEM education, scientific research, and mentorship of the next generation of African American scientists. Just like throughout Black History, I have used risk taking to impact positive change from the developing of scientific innovations like biodegradable plastics that eliminates the negative impacts of current plastic waste on the environment to the developing of cutting-edge educational programs that increases the number of underrepresented minorities pursuing careers in STEM. Hence, Black History is how I think about risk taking and it has absolutely shaped the past, present, and future of my career endeavors.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As a reputable university professor, scientific researcher, inventor, and entrepreneur focused on reviving a more sustainable future, Dr. Michael Curry, President, founder and CEO of Eco-friendly Plastic Materials and The Color of STEM Foundation, dedicates his lifework to creating the next wave of minority innovators. His goal is to increase the number of highly trained minority professionals within the STEM and entrepreneurship pipelines. After recognizing the magnitude of inventiveness found at HBCUs that have been overlooked, Dr. Curry set out to strategically move the needle forward on minority-inspired innovation and powerfully influence the movement of STEM diversity
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If you love shopping, I would suggest a visit to one of my favorite places Lenox Square. On the other hand, if you want to take a trip down memory lane, I would suggest a visit to the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. And to entertain the kids, I would suggest visiting the Georgia Aquarium.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to extend my sincerest thank you to my wife Dr. Alicia L. Curry, Dean of the School of Education at Stillman College, and to my family for their unwavering support of my career aspirations. I would like to send a heartfelt thank you to my past and present research students at Tuskegee University for always giving 100% of their efforts in the research labs. Furthermore, I would like to recognize my hometown, Bay Springs, MS, where I grew up and all of the Curry Research Group fans that are following our innovations on our social media platforms and that are following my PRIME career.
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