Dr. Pamela McCauley
Program Director – Innovation Corps- National Innovation Network Sites Program (I-Corps Sites)
National Science Foundation
Professor and Director of the Ergonomics Laboratory
Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems
University of Central Florida
“Industrial Engineering: The Education for Innovators”
Dr. Pamela McCauley is a biomechanics expert, a Professor and Director of the Ergonomics Laboratory in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems at the University of Central Florida, and an internationally acclaimed keynote speaker and popular author on a lifelong mission to increase diversity in Innovation and STEM.
An award-winning educator often described as an outstanding professor and enthusiastic teacher, Dr. McCauley previously held the position of Martin Luther King, Jr. Visiting Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her teaching efforts have resulted in the receipt of both the College of Engineering Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and the Teaching Incentive Program Award (TIP). She is also the recipient of the National 2015 Black Engineer of the Year Award for Educational Leadership and the Promotion of College-Level Education.
Dr. McCauley is the author of over 100 technical papers, book chapters, conference proceedings and the best-selling ergonomics textbook, Ergonomics: Foundational Principles, Applications, and Technologies. Many of her leadership, diversity, innovation and STEM education related keynote talks draw from her research-based book; Transforming Your STEM Career Through Leadership and Innovation: Inspiration and Strategies for Women, which examines the growing need for leadership and innovation, particularly among women and STEM professionals.
Her newest book, The Essentials of Engineering Leadership and Innovation, is underpinned by years of applied experience in engineering settings, and is designed to develop and prepare engineers as leaders to accept the technical and managerial challenges that they will face as professionals. To inspire students, particularly minorities and females, to consider careers in STEM she authored, Winners Dont QuitToday they Call Me Doctor, in which she shares her challenging yet inspirational journey to engineering success despite financial, academic, and personal difficulties.
The U.S. State Department selected Dr. McCauley for the prestigious Jefferson Science Fellowship Program in 2015. Jefferson Science Fellowships are distinguished appointments to senior academics based on their stature, recognition, and experience in the national and international scientific or engineering communities, and their ability to rapidly and accurately understand scientific advancements outside their discipline area to effectively integrate this knowledge into U.S. Department of State/USAID policy discussions. Dr. McCauley also has the distinction of being a 2012 U.S. Fulbright Scholar Specialist Program Awardee for her US-New Zealand Human Engineering and Mobile Technology in High Consequence Emergency Management Research Program.
In addition to her academic appointments, Dr. McCauley is a seasoned entrepreneur. As a highly sought expert witness, she applies ergonomics, biomechanics, physics and human engineering principles to support cases nationwide. She has also led start-up companies for the past 20 years developing human factors centric services and software products to support corporations, the Department of Defense, NASA and universities throughout the nation.
Over the past twenty-five years, Dr. McCauley has held various leadership positions and has received numerous awards in recognition of her commitment, professional accomplishments and community outreach efforts in the business, technology, and education communities. She has received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Oklahoma, the Engineer of the Year Award from the Florida Engineering Society, and has been recognized by the Society of Women Engineers as Engineering Educator of the year, and as the Millennium Woman of the Year by the Millennium Woman Foundation.