Tuskegee University Professor Dr. Michael Curry Named Among Magazine’s Top 100 Innovators and Entrepreneurs

July 20, 2022

Contact: Thonnia Lee, Tuskegee University Office of Communications, Public Relations and Marketing


Dr. Michael L. Curry, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Adjunct Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Tuskegee University, has been named to Top 100 Magazine’s 2022 “Top 100 Innovators and Entrepreneurs” list.

Widely Recognized World Leader

Dr. Curry has been recognized for his extensive work on reducing the global carbon footprint. The founder and CEO of Eco-Friendly Plastic Materials, LLC, has been an award-winning research scientist since 2005. He started the company in 2018 to focus on revolutionizing plastics manufacturing. Dr. Curry has replaced traditional plastics with a more robust, durable and biodegradable material that can break down in a much shorter period. Eco-Friendly Plastic Materials offers multiple services to change the conventional plastic manufacturing industry. The team of chemical, materials and manufacturing engineering experts and scientists work on researching environmentally friendly plastics that provide cost effective and less hazardous solutions for industry using natural products.

“I am extremely honored to be listed as one of the Top 100 Innovators and Entrepreneurs by Top 100 magazine. This recognition shines a light on my entire research group – past and current students – demonstrating their commitment and resilience towards creating HBCU-inspired innovations. More importantly, this recognition underscores our efforts to continue Carver’s legacy of using scientific innovations to change the educational and economic landscape of disadvantaged communities.”

Dr. Curry, who has worked nearly a decade in the development of biorenewables, has also been recognized as a creator of black history in Alabama, where he is credited with developing innovations that use cellulose to make biodegradable plastics. His research interests include his commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in STEM fields as he continues to inform the next generation. As an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry, Dr. Curry has made significant contributions to HBCU-inspired innovations and STEM diversity through his research and student mentorship. More recently, Dr. Curry is the first Tuskegee professor to earn a US patent with an African-American co-inventor student.

“As an HBCU professor and researcher, I aim to increase the number of highly skilled minority professionals in STEM and entrepreneurship pipelines; I want to strategically move the needle toward minority-inspired innovation and powerfully influence the STEM diversity movement,” Curry said.

Dr. Curry’s recognition adds to the many honors and accolades he has received, including being nominated for the STEM Summits Scientist of the Year Award and recipient of the 2021 HBCU Pioneer Award from the National Organization for career advancement for black chemists and chemical engineers.

Dr. Curry holds a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa and a BS in Chemistry from the University of West Alabama.

The Top 100 Magazine publishes the most popular biographical titles in the industry. Selected individuals are ranked on a variety of online resources for industry-specific terms, keywords, and search engines.

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