Particle Episode 21: Keri Kukral

This week Keri Kukral discusses redefining physical space and how we interact within it, especially in Hollywood, and what it means for inclusivity and whose voices are heard. She shares about her current work and experience celebrating science through film and live action, creating an expressive artistic platform to advocate for inclusivity and interaction, championing science filmmakers to gain visibility and recognition.

Keri Kukral has lived at the crossroads of art, science, and engineering. She is a former professional ballet dancer and was awarded a full scholarship to the Ruth Page Foundation after being hand selected by Ruth Page from the Arie Crown Theater stage at 10 years old. She was invited to the professional school of Royal Winnipeg Ballet, awarded an apprenticeship with Joffrey Ballet, and was a soloist with Oklahoma City Ballet. She has a degree in bio/electrical engineering from Purdue University and worked for fifteen years in the medical device industry. Keri won an entrepreneurial pitch competition through The Design Accelerator (Caltech, IdeaLab, and Art Center College of Design) to create Raw Science TV. The annual Raw Science Film Festival celebrates its fifth year in 2018. The Raw Science Foundation promotes STEAM education globally through access to energy and connectivity. Such things transformed Keri’s transition from the arts to engineering and entrepreneurship, and it is a goal to help others have access to the same. She serves on the Advisory Board of Partnerships For Change.