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Pamela McCauley      

Entrepreneur; STEM Advocate; Author; Professor in Department of Industrial Engineering & Management Systems at UCF

Dr. Pamela McCauley is an ergonomics and biomechanics expert, an internationally acclaimed keynote speaker, a Professor and Director of the Ergonomics Laboratory in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems at the University of Central Florida where she 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.

She is the author of over 80 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 in America, particularly among women and STEM professionals. To inspire students, particularly minorities and females, to consider careers in STEM, she authored, Winners Don’t Quit…Today they Call Me Doctor, in which she shares her challenging yet inspirational journey to engineering success despite financial, academic and personal difficulties.

Dr. McCauley is an award-winning educator often described as an “outstanding” professor and “enthusiastic” teacher. 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.

The U.S. State Department awarded Dr. McCauley the prestigious Jefferson Science Fellowship for the 2015-2016 term. 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 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. Due to her extensive expertise in biomechanics, human factors, and ergonomic design, Dr. McCauley is a highly sought Certified Professional Ergonomist (C.P.E.) and Expert Witness.

Over the past twenty 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. Other honors include the Saturn/Glamour Magazine Women Making a Difference Award and MORE Magazine’s 2016 Woman With MORE Award.

Dr. McCauley was elected as Councilor to the National Executive Advisory Board of the Association of Women In Science (AWIS) for the 2015–2016 terms. She currently serves as Executive Board Member to the Diversity Advocacy Board at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and maintains board membership in several agencies including the Central Florida Boys Scouts, the University of Oklahoma Industrial Engineering Advisory Board and the University of Oklahoma, College of Engineering Minority Engineering Advisory Board.

Speech Topics


Why a STEM Education? Making STEM the Career of Choice!

Heralded as an award-winning educator, innovator and engineering role model, Dr. McCauley fires up and empowers students and professionals of all ages to pursue Science, Math, Engineering and Technology educational paths and successful STEM careers. She shares practical advice and guidance on navigating the educational landscape inter-twined with her personal stories of overcoming academic and professional adversity and challenges.

She unravels the myths around who “should and could” be an excellent STEM Professional in light of or “in spite of” current personal or disadvantaged situations. Dr. McCauley highlights why STEM careers are a realistic, exciting and lucrative choice and, through data and supporting research, demonstrates why STEM education is critically important to the health of communities, corporations and to national and global economies.

Women in Leadership

Dr. McCauley delivers a passionate address on the criticality of women seeking, accepting and excelling in leadership – today! She inspires and educates participants on leadership and innovation principles and how to make these critically important characteristics both real and attainable. She educates individuals, corporations, universities, institutions and STEM-related organizations on how to “walk the talk,” going beyond “leaning in,” to begin real change across the board immediately. Her recently published (ELSEVIER Academic Press) Transforming Your STEM Career Through Leadership and Innovation: Inspiration for Strategies for Women is the research-based foundation for this keynote address and a must-have guide for anyone wishing or needing to develop leadership skills. Dr. McCauley includes a series of encouraging, humorous and empowering examples and guidelines designed to support the leader as she develops and excels in a corporation, institution, government, and community.

Innovation Nation

The Critical Impact of Innovation on Individuals, Nations and the Global Society In this insightful keynote address, Dr. McCauley shares the historic impact of innovation, today’s innovation opportunities, and research-based successful strategies for individuals and organizations to propel their actions into useful products and services, globally and collaboratively. This topic is appropriate for leadership meetings, technical conferences and non-technical audiences as the delivery and message about the innovation process, opportunities for participation and real world impact is relevant to any group desiring to make a difference.

Do You Realize It’s YOUR Future?

Glamour Magazine “Women Making a Difference Award” recipient Dr. McCauley shares empowerment strategies, recognition of talent and abilities and inspiration for teens in this conversational style talk. Topics include resisting bullying, building self-esteem, how to break the cycle of financial dependency, setting goals and practical coping skills for everyday life challenges. This motivational speech draws from Dr. McCauley’s personal story; Winners Don’t Quit . . . Today They Call Me Doctor as she shares examples of adversity and success, connecting to participants as a woman who has been in the same shoes. Teens come away with a sense of purpose, a clear focus and an “I can do this!” attitude.

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