Steven C. Currall is the principal investigator for the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration’s i6 Challenge Grant that established the UC Davis Sustainable AgTech Innovation Center.
Currall is dean and professor of management at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management. A behavioral scientist, Currall has conducted research and taught for more than two decades on organizational psychology topics that include innovation, emerging technologies, negotiation and corporate governance.
At the invitation of the U.S. President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, Currall was a member of the Nanotechnology Technical Advisory Group. He has been a grantee on $19,833,893 in external funding, of which more than 75 percent came from refereed research grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Currall has held a range of administrative and faculty positions. In addition to positions in schools of management, he has served in engineering schools as vice dean, department chair and endowed chair holder; he has also held faculty appointments in a Department of Psychology and in a Department of Statistics.
He has served as a member of the boards of the 10-campus University of California Global Health Institute, BioHouston (interim vice chair; Executive Committee; chair of Governance Committee), Leadership in Medicine Inc.; Nanotechnology Foundation of Texas; and Interferometrics Inc., a venture-funded medical device startup. He has been quoted more than 525 times in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, Business Week magazine and other publications, as well as on British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) television and the Nightly Business Report.
Currall’s research has been published in management, psychology and science/engineering academic journals including Organization Science, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Personnel Psychology, Journal of International Business Studies, and Nature Nanotechnology. Currall has served as a member of the editorial review boards of Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Academy of Management Perspectives, Journal of Organizational Behavior and Group and Organization Management. He is a deputy editor-in-chief of the Journal of Trust Research.
Currall was formerly vice dean of enterprise and professor of management science and innovation in the Faculty of Engineering Sciences at University College London (UCL). He was visiting professor of organisational behaviour and entrepreneurship and faculty co-director of the Institute of Technology at London Business School. At UCL he was founding chair of the Department of Management Science and Innovation. Currall was the William and Stephanie Sick Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Brown School of Engineering at Rice University and tenured associate professor of management, psychology and statistics at the Jones Graduate School of Management. In 2003 he was a visiting scholar at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.
He was founding director of the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, a Rice University education and research center that is a partnership of the Schools of Engineering, Management and Natural Sciences. During Currall’s five-year tenure leading the alliance, it assisted in the launch of more than 160 technology startup companies, which raised in excess of $300 million in equity capital. Currall also founded the Rice University Business Plan Competition, which involved the largest number of competing universities (36) and richest prize money ($325,000) of any graduate student business plan competition in the world. Currall received Stanford University’s Price Foundation Innovative Entrepreneurship Educator Award, Ernst & Young’s regional Entrepreneur of the Year Award® and the Grand Velocity Award for Academic Entrepreneurship, Indiana University. He has advised organizations such as Schlumberger, BMC Software, BP, Shell and the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. He earned a Ph.D. from Cornell University, a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics (as a Rotary International Scholar), and a B.A. (cum laude) from Baylor University.