“When the decision was made to launch the Curtis Sutton Innovation Lab, the thought at that time was that we would spur creativity around technology, science, arts and humanities,” said Bernard Bell, UNC’s entrepreneur-in-residence and a friend of Sutton.
“So I think there is a broad brush for us to be able to paint with on what I hope to be a very large palette.”
After leaving UNC, Sutton followed his passion for neurology, completing a fellowship at the University of Virginia and joining the department of radiology at Tulane.
The grand opening of the Curtis Sutton Innovation Laboratory celebrated Sutton’s accomplishments with reflections by friends and family members, all of whom expressed their desire for the space to embody his creativity and passion for learning.
The innovation lab was designed with the objective of providing a space where culture and technology collide. Joseph Jordan, director of the Stone Center, said it will create opportunities for students and community members to engage in innovation and leadership.
Bell said he wants students studying entrepreneurship to utilize the lab.
“We hope that the Curtis Sutton Innovation Lab will be a beautiful collaboration between entrepreneurship and the Stone Center,” Bell said.
Junior Charity Lackey, who attended the grand opening, said the innovation lab strengthens the cultural model of the Stone Center and will ultimately give students a space to cultivate their own ideas and confidence.
The room will serve as home to several Stone Center programs and will be opened to the entire campus to promote cooperation and partnerships, Provost Jim Dean said.
“The technology in the room I think would satisfy the scientist in Dr. Sutton, and I think its focus on the cultural and the arts, innovation and entrepreneurship would please his artistic side,” he said.