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Creating Opportunities

Fostering Diversity

WALTER E. MASSEY ’58 is president emeritus of Morehouse and the former director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), a position in which he was appointed by former President George H.W. Bush. This year, a then-controversial $205-million research program that he championed during his tenure with NSF has resulted in a major discovery: gravitational ripples created by the collision of two black holes some 1.3 billion light years away. These waves were predicted by Albert Einstein 100 years ago. The finding will allow researchers to better understand the cosmos, according to a 2016 story in Crain’s Chicago Business. “It’s mind-boggling,” Massey told the newspaper. “It was hard to say what we might find if we funded [the project]. But the more fundamental thing is that, as human beings, we want to learn as much as we can about who we are and where we are in the universe.” Massey has also served as vice president for research and professor of physics at the University of Chicago; director of the Argonne National Laboratory; and provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs for the University of California system. n

PAUL JUDGE ’98 is a highly regarded inventor, entrepreneur and investor. In October 2016, he launched Atlanta Startup Battle, the first of a quarterly competition that is part of his company TechSquare Labs. The competition’s mission is to identify the city’s top early stage technology startups and invest in their continued success. Atlanta Startup Battle will provide Atlanta’s top technology startups a structured way of accessing mentors and active investors. Five investor judges who judged each event were active early-stage investors from venture capital firms. Following a three-week application period, the Top 10 teams participated in a full day of mentoring, which included sessions on go-to-market, business development, technology, user experience design, fundraising and pitch preparation. Later, teams that advanced to the Top 5 presented live to the investor judges, as well as to Atlanta’s technology eco-system. “When I co-founded TechSquare Labs, the idea was to help Atlanta build and scale big meaningful businesses,” said Judge. “This battle will become the jumping-off point for many of Atlanta’s biggest successes.” n

DAMIEN HOOPER-CAMPBELL ’02 is the first chief diversity officer for eBay, where he is responsible for leading the company’s diversity and inclusion efforts, creating new programs and expanding existing activities that foster an inclusive culture. “eBay is one of the pioneers in harnessing technology to level the playing field by creating a global marketplace that is truly inclusive and diverse,” said Hooper-Campbell. “I look forward to leading eBay’s efforts to foster an even more diverse and inclusive workplace, which I believe can contribute to increased innovation and even better engagement with eBay’s hundreds of millions of buyers and sellers around the world.” Hooper-Campbell was also the first global head of diversity and inclusion at Uber Technologies. Prior to that, he was a diversity business partner and community strategist for Google’s Diversity, Integrity and Governance Division. n


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Morehouse Magazine Winter 2017  

STEAM Growth in America

Morehouse Magazine Winter 2017  

STEAM Growth in America