STEAM (a.k.a. How to Combine Every Thing You Love and Call It Work)
Keri is honored to speak to the students of UCSB about a diverse career spanning the arts, science, and media. How and why does one go from professional ballet to biomedical engineering and then entrepreneurship? There will be a complex decision tree leading all the way to space aliens, lasers, UCSB, and you.
Keri Kukral is the founder of Raw Science TV with the mission to keep the logic and beautify of science and its impact on humanity and our world on center stage in the mainstream media. She won seed funds via an entrepreneurial pitch competition through Caltech and Idealab in 2013. The Raw Science Film Festival is eligible to an Academy Awards qualifier in 2018 and includes annual awards in honor of Kip Thorne, Stephen Wolfram, Peter Samuelson, and Janet-Ivey Duensing. The digital channel aims to combine cutting edge science journalism with a video-on-demand movie platform to tell the most compelling stories of science and technology. The company created a video series in Taiwan on thorium nuclear reactor development months ahead of an announcement between the US and China to develop such technology. The channel released the first video of Elon Musk detailing specific plans to reach and colonize Mars and was identified as a media company to watch by Forbes.
Keri is also a former professional ballet dancer and was awarded a full scholarship to train after being hand selected from the Arie Crown Theater stage by Ruth Page at 10 years old. She was awarded a full scholarship to the Houston Ballet Academy and an apprenticeship to Joffrey Ballet. She performed as a soloist under the direction of Larry Long, Peter Anastos, and Bryan Pitts of Ballet Oklahoma. Keri is also a biomedical engineer with a long career in the medical device industry. The transition from the arts to engineering inspired her to create the Raw Science Foundation to promote STEAM globally through access to energy, connectivity, and telemedicine particularly for girls and women.