Keys Curry

Keys Curry

B.S.M.E., 1958
Chairman, President and CEO, Curgil Oil and Gas, Inc. Houston, Texas

Keys Curry has a long, successful history of combining his engineering background with skillful entrepreneurship. Since graduating from UT, he has started, or been a principal in, four companies, two of which were taken public with very successful initial public offerings. He has achieved licensure as a Texas professional engineer and a Texas real estate broker, acquired an M.B.A. and run enterprises in computer software, mineral acquisition and power generation engineering.

Mr. Curry began his career at the Westinghouse Electric Corporation, where he held the position of sales engineer for seven years. In 1967 he received his M.B.A. from the University of Houston, and the following year launched Land Value Dynamics, Inc, a computer software firm, where he held the posts of founder, president and member of the board of directors. Two years later, he became founder, vice president and executive committee member of Steve T. Cochran and Associates, Inc. His next venture was as founder, president and member of the board of directors of Texas Resource Development Corporation, a mineral acquisitions firm. From 1978-87 he held various executive positions with Power Systems Engineering, Inc., that launched a successful initial public offering in 1986 as PSE Inc. (AMEX), rising to become president and chief operating officer from 1987-89. Between 1989 and 1997 he served as executive vice president and chief operating officer and subsequently as president and chief operating officer of Destec Energy, Inc., an independent power firm specializing in combined cycle electric power generation and coal gasification and clean gas technology. He was a member of the National Petroleum Council from 1987-97.

His dedication to the College of Engineering is reflected in a wide range of College-related and University-wide leadership roles. He has long been active in recruiting talented Houston-area high school students to engineering at UT and is a two-time past chair of the Engineering Foundation Advisory Council and a Friend of Alec.

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