Career Communications Group (CCG) — producer of the Women of Color in STEM Conference, an annual event hosted by CCG’s Women of Color magazine — has announced that the 24th Technologist of the Year will receive her award on Saturday, October 5, 2019, at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center in Detroit, MI.

“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.

On Thursday’s Women of Color teleconference announcement were James Kurose, assistant director of the National Science Foundation’s Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Directorate, who is on leave from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he is a Distinguished Professor in the College of Information and Computer Sciences; Kenneth L. Calvert, division director of CISE’s Division of Computer and Network Systems at the National Science Foundation; Victor R. McCrary, vice president for Research and Graduate Programs at the University of the District of Columbia, and Jennifer Roberts, customer success manager for Career Communications Group, Inc.

Taborn said 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 and the National Institutes of Health (NIH),” he said.

McCauley has recently been involved with the National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps program, which prepares scientists and engineers to extend their focus beyond the university laboratory. The NSF supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering, and the NIH is the primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and is investigating the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases.

A biomechanics expert, McCauley is currently serving as professor and director of the Ergonomics Laboratory in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems at the University of Central Florida (UCF).

McCauley thanked everyone for their support and the nominating team. She said “it was a great honor to be recognized” as the 2019 Technologist of the Year.

Dr. McCrary said “it’s important to give kudos to James Kurose and Ken Calvert who are part of the tribe of people” working to recruit, retain, and promote women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Over 23 years, the Women of Color Conference has exposed thousands of students to role models in STEM careers. Conference seminars and workshops focus on retaining women in STEM careers and keeping talented female students in STEM, training, gender/diversity outcomes, mentoring and building a more diverse workforce by providing growth opportunities for women in STEM.

More than 6,000 women in the STEM industry have been recognized with prestigious awards at the annual Women of Color in STEM Conference. Nominees are professionals and students who have gone above and beyond their commitment to science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM).

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.

Over the past twenty years, Dr. Pamela McCauley (photographed at a recent BEYA event) has held leadership positions in the business, technology, and education communities. She 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 experience in biomechanics, human factors, and ergonomic design.

Many of her leadership, diversity, innovation and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education-related keynote talks draw from her research-based book, Transforming Your STEM Career Through Leadership and Innovation: Inspiration and Strategies for Women. The book examines the growing need for leadership and innovation in America 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 inspirational journey to engineering success. McCauley had a daughter aged 15. Fifteen years later, she had a Ph.D. in engineering.

For the 2015-2016 term, the U.S. State Department awarded Dr. 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, and their ability to understand scientific advancements outside their discipline area to integrate this knowledge into U.S. Department of State/USAID policy discussions.

Update*** Sharing the announcement in an email, Dr. McCauley said she was “honored by this amazing recognition” as Technologist of the Year. “Thanks so much to Dr. Debbie Reinhart for being such a great mentor and to all of you for your support throughout my years at UCF,” she wrote.

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