Dr. Michael Curry, Associate Professor at Tuskegee University, has received the 2021 HBCU Pioneer Award from the National Organization of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE). The HBCU Pioneer Award recognizes an individual who has spent a significant portion of their professional career at or in support of Historically Black College and Universities (HBCU) and contributed to the advancement of science via broadening participation amongst under-represented groups in STEM. Dr. Curry’s research focuses on the development of bio-inspired innovative materials that are not only sustainable but are designed to help in the elimination of atmospheric carbon dioxide, reducing the negative impact of climate change. He has actively engaged Tuskegee’s students in research and is the first Tuskegee faculty member to secure a patent with an African-American student co-inventor. Dr. Curry received his PhD under the direction of Dr. Shane Street in 2004.