Mentors

​​Curt White

 

W. Curtis White is a Mentor-in-Residence for the New Venture Competition, and has recently received our "Ambassador Award" for his contributions.   This award recognizes individuals who contribute to inspiring entrepreneurship throughout the New Venture Competition Process.  It recognizes the dedication the individual has to the success of the students in the NVC through mentoring, coaching and support of time and resources.

 

W. Curtis White career represents a fast range of experience as a scientist, a co-founder, a CEO and more.  Currently Curt is Chief Technology Consultant and President of White IEQ Consultants.  He is also on the technical advisory board of Whoosh, and Chief Technology Consultant for Microbe Free Solutions.  Curt was a co-founder, former CEO, Chairperson of the Board, and Director of R&D for ÆGIS Environments.  ÆGIS Environments is a global supplier of solutions to microbial problems in buildings, enclosed transportation units and consumer and medical textiles including wound care products (The AEGIS Microbe Shield® Program). 

Curt also was a founder and President of Medetex, a wound care products company from 1998-2011.  He is known for his expertise in the phenomena of "Sick Building Syndrome," and microbiological problems of products and beneficial antimicrobial products.  He consults to a large base of companies and governmental entities around the world. Curt currently is Chairperson for a Washington based Independent Commission for improvement in Costs and Patient Outcomes for the Veteran Administration and DOD Healthcare Systems.He has over 50 patents, 280 plus publications, a book, four textbook chapters and numerous presentations to academic and industrial groups around the world.  He is involved in a wide range of professional (ASM, SIM, APHA, ASHRAE), standards (ASTM, AATCC, IEST), and trade (AWWA, ATMI, INDA, TAPPI, CRII) associations.

Curt and his wife, Pat, have three children, Brent, Andrew, and Kelly and six grandchildren.  They are active tennis players and he enjoys golf. Pat and Curt have helped with Habitat for Humanity projects and have done mission projects in Costa Rica.  Curt is also on the board of directors of Midland Tomorrow and a member of the Mid-Michigan Innovation Center in Midland.   

​Curt currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Central Michigan University Alumni Advisory Board for the College of Science and Technology.  Curt was presented a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the CST and a Distinguished Alumnus Contributor Award from the university. His high school, T L Handy in Bay City, has also bestowed Curt with their Distinguished Alumnus Award.  Curt served on the fund raising team for the Fabiano Botanical Garden and he and Pat are honored for their contributions to the bog and water plants area of the garden.  Curt was also the plenary speaker for the College of Science and Technology Alumni Day in the fall of 2014 and speaks with biology and microbiology classes on technology and careers. Curt also lectures on the hurdles and success tools for entrepreneurial business and mentors contestant teams in the CMU New Venture Competition managed by the Isabella Bank Institute for Entrepreneurship in the College of Business Administration at CMU.

In May of 2014 Curt gave the commencement address to the Science and Engineering graduates at CMU and was granted a Doctor of Commercial Science (h.c.).​