- July 19, 2019
-- Career Communications Group (CCG) — producer of the Women of Color in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Conference, an annual event hosted by CCG's Women of Color magazine — has announced that the 24th Technologist of the Year is Dr. Pamela McCauley, professor, and director of the Ergonomics Laboratory in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems at the University of Central Florida.
McCauley, the first academic to receive the Technologist of the Year Award, leads the Human Factors and Ergonomics in Disaster Management Research Team. She previously held the position of Martin Luther King, Jr. Visiting Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
"Based on your body of work, the 2019 Selection Committee has asked me to announce that Pamela McCauley is the 2019 Technologist of the Year," said Tyrone Taborn, CEO of Career Communications Group, Inc. and publisher of Women of Color magazine. Over the last two decades, Women of Color's Technologist of the Year Award has gone to women in industry, but it's "exceedingly important at this time to tell the story of the National Science Foundation,"
Since winning a landmark $90,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) scholarship at the University of Oklahoma in the 1990s, Dr. McCauley has gone on to earn more competitive grants and funding from the NSF, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and industry, to conduct research in ergonomics, safety, fuzzy set theory, and artificial intelligence (AI), particularly with applications to human factors. Recently, Dr. McCauley has been working with the National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps program, which prepares scientists and engineers to extend their focus beyond the university laboratory. Through I-Corps, NSF grantees learn to identify the product opportunities that emerge from academic research and gain skills in entrepreneurship through training.
Dr. McCauley has the distinction of being a 2012 U.S. Fulbright Scholar Specialist Program Awardee for her U.S.-New Zealand Human Engineering and Mobile Technology in High Consequence Emergency Management Research Program due to her extensive experience in biomechanics, human factors, and ergonomic design. For the 2015-2016 term, the U.S. State Department awarded McCauley the Jefferson Science Fellowship. Jefferson Science Fellowships are distinguished appointments to senior academics based on their stature, recognition, and experience in the scientific or engineering communities.
Hosted by Career Communications Group, Inc's Women of Color magazine, the 24th Annual Women of Color in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Conference will take place October 3-5, 2019 at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, Detroit, MI. Dr. McCauley will receive her award on Saturday, October 5, 2019, at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center in Detroit, MI.
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