Oliver McGee

Oliver McGee

  • Former U.S. deputy assistant secretary of transportation for technology policy in Clinton Administration
  • Expert commentator and strategist on science, social, technological, educational and political news
  • Multiple award winner and on-air guest expert on ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX News, CNN and numerous other news programs



Travels from Washington, D.C.

Keynote Fee: $6500 – $10,000 depending on audience and travel. Plus travel and related expenses.







Dr. Oliver McGee is an aerospace, mechanical & civil engineer. He is former U.S. deputy assistant secretary of transportation for technology policy (1999-2001) in the Clinton Administration, and former senior policy adviser in the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy (1997-1999).

Dr. McGee III is a teacher, a researcher, an administrator, and an advisor to government, corporations and philanthropy. He is professor of mechanical engineering and former Vice President for Research and Compliance at Howard University, and former Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), Inc. He was Professor and former Chair (2001-2005) of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Geodetic Science at Ohio State University, and the first African-American to hold a professorship and a departmental chair leadership in the century-and-a-quarter history of Ohio State University’s engineering college. Dr. McGee has also held several professorships and research positions at Georgia Tech and MIT.

Dr. McGee is an American social, technological, education, economic, and political (STEEP) analyst, bi-partisan strategist, and black moderate-conservative for empowerment activist. He has provided public advocacy on capital, technology & U.S. competitiveness strategies for 3 political campaigns, Hillary for President 2008, McCain-Palin 2008, and Romney-Ryan 2012.

Dr. McGee is on-air guest expert for Aljazeera inside Story, Fox News, Hannity, America’s News HQ, Fox & Friends, Fox Business Varney & Co., CNN & Newsmax Media. McGee’s commentaries appear in Reuters U.S.-World, Associated Press, Bloomberg, Mashable, New York Post & Daily News, Daily Caller, Fast Company, USA TODAY, Business Insider, CNBC, Fox Business, CNN, Yahoo! News & Finance-U.S.-World, ABC, CBS & NBC News, The Telegraph, The Independent & The Herald (UK), LeMonde (France), Contacto Latino (South America), Sydney Morning Herald & Qatar Living & Brisbane Times (Australia), The Straits Times-Asia Report, China Times, Japan Times, Canada MSN Money, Omaha World-Herald, Economic Times-India Times, Dallas Morning News, Washington Post, Huffington Post, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, US News, Raycom News Network & Christian Science Monitor. He is a contributor to Cumulus’ Red-Eye Radio & CBS Radio L.A. & Philadelphia.

Dr. McGee is a Cincinnati native and Woodward High School graduate. He directs the Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm Partnership Possibilities for America. From 2001 to 2005, McGee served as chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Geodetic Science at Ohio State University.

He has received numerous national and state teaching and engineering awards including:

Top Minority Senior Scholastic Excellence Award, College of Engineering, Ohio State University

The University of Arizona Foundation’s Award for Meritorious Excellence in Teaching

The Office of the President of the University of Arizona

National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) – American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Research Recognition Award

Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Initiation Award

National Science Foundation Minority Research Initiation Award

The William Oxley Thompson Award for Distinguished Career Achievement by Young Alumni

Charles E. MacQuigg Award for Distinguished Teaching, College of Engineering, the Ohio State University

1 of 8 recipients university-wide & inducted into The Ohio State University Academy of Teaching.

Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s 1995 State of Georgia Professor of the Year

U.S. Black Engineer Magazine’s 1996 Black Engineer of the Year Award, Education College-Level

Top 30 National Finalist Recognition Certificate, White House Fellowship Program

In recognition of being selected as a member of the Senior Executive Service of the United States of America in The Clinton Administration (1999-2001).

U.S. Secretary of Transportation’s Partnership for Excellence Award

AASCU Millennium Leadership Initiative (MLI) Fellow

Science Spectrum Magazine’s “Top Minorities in American Research Science” List for 2005

The Ohio State University College of Engineering Minority Engineering Program’s Exemplary to Diversity Advancement Award for 2005

NASA Glenn Research Center Faculty Fellow for 2010-11

McGee has authored six books, including Confessions from The Balcony: A Perspective of Minority Leadership inside a Majority Institution, and Bridging the Black Research Gap: On Integrated Academic and Research Capacity Building at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.


Rediscovering Possibilities by Jumping the Aisle

We the people have our beliefs and convictions in ideas and things we know to be true. Of course, we have our hopes and dreams of what we could be. What happens then, when we stop and ask, “Wait a second? What if we rediscover that there’s another way, revealing ideas so basic to each of us, yet questioning their continued relevance?” Times change, circumstances change, people change. Is it necessarily a bad thing to change our minds as a people, perhaps rediscovering even renewing our beliefs about those ideas so fundamental and indispensable to understanding ourselves, our institutions, our country, our society, and our world in which we live? One would say perhaps that depends on us and our raisons d’être – our underlying principles. Our ability to recognize the need for change is fundamental; how each of us adapts to change is often quite difficult.


Bridging the Black Research Gap

Here are some facts: The life expectancy of African American males in Washington, D.C. is 57.3 years. A black male has a 1 in 20 chance of being imprisoned while in his twenties. • A black male has a 1 in 2 chance of not attending college even if he graduates from high school. • A black male has a 1 in 3,700 chance of getting a Ph.D. in mathematics, engineering, or the natural sciences. • A black male has a 1 in 766 chance of becoming an attorney. • A black male has a 1 in 395 chance of becoming a physician. Bridging the Black Research Gap recommends a series of fundamental shifts in behavior, actions, priorities and investments that are critical to move our nation’s longstanding Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to their rightful place, as some of the best public/private research-oriented universities in America. HBCUs have become substantially more complex in their emerging and distinctive roles as comprehensive research universities. Bridging the Black Research Gap proposes a systematic, measurable, accountable, and aggressive pursuit of innovative and entrepreneurial opportunities – increasing scholarly research productivity of HBCU principal investigators, interdisciplinary groups, centers and institutes, and developmental teams.


Transforming the Ivory Tower – How Scenarios of Possible Futures Provide Real Growth for Academic Organizations

One plan can’t negotiate the uncertainties of today’s world. Successful academic organizations need a way to cope with multiple possibilities. A single-point perspective yields a single-minded line of attack. When academic organizations set out to create a strategic blueprint, they face more than one possible future, more than one possible marketplace for its graduates, more than one possible operating environment for its academic units. The Ivory Tower needs to be ready for any number of possible futures. In using scenario planning as a dynamic tool to guide strategic thinking, academic organizations aren’t trying to predict the future. They are working together to imagine a number of possible alternatives that scholars, staff and students might face in the years ahead. This means questioning what we know to be the truth today. Moving beyond the trends we see right now, academic organizations must ask how those trends and other uncertainties might come together in different ways tomorrow.


Promoting the Saving, Transforming and Empowering of African American Men and Boys for the Betterment of American Society

As part of its determination to propel the Nation into the 21st century with a strong population base of African American men and boys (AAMB), the AAMB Commission articulated several key issues, questions, and goals. Four of the major goals are: (1) to bring the country around the interests of African American men and boys in the national interest, (2) to look at what has been done – as a resource for the Commission – as a basis of its dialogue and report recommendations and implementation for action, (3) to bring national focus and commitment to mobilize the country around leadership in alleviating wasted human potential, and in reaching the nation’s conscience around this essential domestic policy issue, and (4) to find ways to take advantage of current institutional strategies and structures to align leadership with action. African American leaders in business, government, academia, and philanthropy have a unique contribution to make to the challenges faced by African American men and boys, particularly in regard to the development of talent needed for the future sustainability of American society.


Confessions from the Balcony: A Perspective of Minority Leadership Inside a Majority Institution

The experiences covered in this presentation extend beyond higher education leadership and administration in general, encompassing a variety of psychological, sociological, economic, and managerial spheres, such as: (1) leading change and effective strategic planning inside an academic unit and institutional climate, (2) psychological processes of attribution in relationships with colleagues and students, (3) facilitating power and influence in difficult social dynamics, (4) managing fiduciary, finance, economics, and risk decisions, and (5) managing diversity enhancement, mentoring and workforce development. Stepping off the dance floor and taking on the point of view of the balcony.


Additional Topics:

Why Diversity Matters

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