Pamela McCauley

Pamela McCauley

  • Engineer, Educator, Leader & Entrepreneur
  • 2012 U.S. Fulbright Scholar Specialist Program
  • Tenured Professor, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems, UCF Florida, leading the Human Factors in Disaster Management Research Team.

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Dr. Pamela McCauley is a nationally recognized speaker, entrepreneur, author and tenured Professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems at the University of Central Florida where she leads the Human Factors 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 (MIT). Through incredible determination and vision, Dr. McCauley overcame immense life hurdles to be hailed today as an award-winning innovational leader, respected engineering expert and a globally renowned motivational speaker in the Women’s Leadership and STEM Education communities.

She is the author of over 80 technical papers, book chapters and conference proceedings. Most recently, Dr. McCauley authored Transforming Your STEM Career through Leadership and Innovation: Inspiration and Strategies for Women published by ELSEVIER Academic Press (2012), a practical yet research based approach on the growing need for leadership and innovation in America, particularly among women and STEM professionals. The book is useful for the individual, organization, community or academic program desiring to grow leadership and innovation capacity in order to produce more impactful leaders.

Dr. McCauley has been described as an outstanding professor and 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). Her research focus includes human factors in disaster management, evaluation and development of artificial intelligence models using fuzzy set theory, human factors model development, human factors in chemical and biological weapon development and the human impact in information security. 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. Dr. McCauley also a highly sought Certified Professional Ergonomist (C.P.E.) and expert witness, due to her extensive expertise and experience in biomechanics, human factors and ergonomic design.

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. One of her proudest moment was when she received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Oklahoma. In 2007, she received the Engineer of the Year Award from the Florida Engineering Society and in 2006, was recognized by the Society of Women Engineers as Engineering Educator of the year. She also received the Woman of Distinction in Technology Award from the Central Florida Girl Scout Council in 2006. She has been recognized as one of the Ten Small Business Women of the Year in Central Florida; and the Millennium Woman of the Year 2001 by the Millennium Woman Foundation, Los Angeles California. Other honors include the Saturn/Glamour Magazine “Women Making a Difference Award” 2000 and the Outstanding Woman of Color in Technology Award for Educational Leadership in 1999.

Dr. McCauley was elected member of the Board of Directors for the National Center for Simulation. In 2001, she was appointed to serve on the Florida Research Consortium by Governor Jeb Bush. Additionally, she served on the National Board of Directors for the Women in Engineering Program Advocates Network (WEPAN) from 1998-2000. She presently maintains board membership in a number of agencies including the Beta Parent Program, the University of Oklahoma Industrial Engineering Advisory Board and the University of Oklahoma, College of Engineering Minority Engineering Advisory Board.

In 2011, she authored the textbook and associated course materials in the area of applied ergonomics published by Taylor & Francis, titled Ergonomics: Foundational Principles, Application and Technologies. Dr. McCauley served as a member of the editorial board for the journal of Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Sciences (TIES), Associate Editor of the Industrial Engineering Encyclopedia and referees technical research papers for IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, the International Journal of Industrial Hygienist, the North American Fuzzy Information Processing Conference Proceedings and Kluwer Academic Publishers. In 2006 her research group was awarded the Best Paper Award in Human Factors at the Annual Industrial Engineering Research Conference.

Dr. McCauley also serves as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Bush Enterprises whose clients include the Department of Defense, NASA, the National Science Foundation, FAA and various corporate entities. She held the position of CEO of Tech Solutions, Inc., a former division of Bush Enterprises, which specialized in the areas of technical and analytic support, software product development, complex software development, human factors and industrial engineering. Tech Solutions had strategic partnerships with various private companies and provided technical and training services to the United States Air Force, United States Army and the Federal Aviation Administration. Additionally, TSI was a member of the Department of Defense Mentor Protégé program with Raytheon Company and the Sandia National Laboratories Mentor Protégé program.

In 1993, Dr. McCauley became the first African-American female to be granted a Ph.D. in the field of Engineering in the state of Oklahoma. In 2009, Dr. McCauley was inducted into the University of Oklahoma College of Engineering, Distinguished Graduate Society.

Dr. Bush shares the benefits of determination, faith, and diligence in reaching for and achieving ones goals despite financial difficulties, disappointments, and her own experience as a teen mother on welfare. Her experiences have ignited in her a passion for encouraging everyone she meets and helping others realize their greatest dreams.



The Unexpected Storm


How to survive when life hits you (and hits you HARD) with unexpected conditions, disappointments and downright unfair situations in your personal and professional life.


Dr. McCauley calls on her personal “life storms” as well as her National Science Foundation funded research in high consequence disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes to create an enlightening and empowering message in the Unexpected Storm. She shares inspirational stories of survival through natural disasters like hurricane and tornadoes as she intertwines the “survival methods” with those of an individual’s response to any life challenge. This inspirational yet intellectual keynote compares the response of an emergency management organization to that of an individual (or family) when facing an unexpected life crisis. The tone of this keynote is powerful, positive and inspiring as she shares that the “mechanics” of survival for a community or individual have common elements in the process to recover and thrive after any unexpected storm.


Transforming your STEM Career through Leadership and Innovation


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.

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.

From High Winds to High Fashion:

The Ergonomics, Biomechanics & Safety Features of Occupational & Manufacturing Environments & Products

Dr. McCauley applies her research expertise, experience and knowledge to provide insightful technology, innovation and engineering focused keynote addresses on relevant topics which include real world applications. She enlightens and inspires her audience through highly relevant topics such as technology and human factors in disaster management response relevant to hurricanes, devastating tornadoes and man-made disasters (i.e. Boston Marathon bombing). She provides in- depth discussion of ergonomics, safety and health in occupational environments, particularly manufacturing environments such as those in developing nations. Her technical topics cover the discussion of ergonomics and biomechanical applications in the design and evaluation of products and equipment from cell phones to automobiles and equipment used by agencies from the Department of Defense to clothing manufacturers.



“I just wanted to thank you personally for your presentations and speaking remarks –for our women graduate and undergraduate students and alumni, as well as for the STEM Saturday Program parents/guardians. Both were outstanding!” Worcester Polytechnic Institute

“Professor McCauley knows how to energize a room!” Central Florida STEM Education Council

“Wow. You are amazing. You‘ve impressed us in every way. So intelligent with style and grace. Court personnel were in awe.” Curtright C. Truitt, Attorney