Orlando, FL (PRWEB) June 16, 2014
Twenty student teams have been selected as regional first-place winners in the 12th annual eCYBERMISSION competition—one of several science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) initiatives offered by the Army Education Outreach Program (AEOP)—created to cultivate student interest in STEM by encouraging sixth through ninth graders to develop solutions to real-world challenges in their local communities. The teams will advance to the competition’s National Judging and Educational Event taking place on June 19th at the National Conference Center in Leesburg, Va. At the event, students will present their projects to a panel of judges and a national winning team from each grade level will be chosen.
The national winning teams, who will be announced at the eCYBERMISSION National Awards Luncheon on Friday, June 20th, were chosen from a select group of 20 finalist teams, which in turn were selected from more than 4,400 teams that entered the free competition this year. Since the program’s inception in 2002, eCYBERMISSION has awarded state, regional and national competition winners with more than $8 million in U.S. Savings Bonds.
Dr. Pamela McCauley is a nationally recognized speaker, an award-winning educator, and a full 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.
An insecure teen mother at age 15, Dr. McCauley struggled against the odds to complete her education. Even the case worker in the state welfare office questioned Dr. McCauley’s choice of pursuing college, attempting to write her off as another “statistic.”
Dr. McCauley persevered and became the first African American woman to receive a PhD in Engineering in the state of Oklahoma. From there, she went on to become a Martin Luther King, Jr. Visiting Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at M.I.T. Today, she is a full professor of engineering and according to the National Science Foundation, one of only a handful of African American women in the nation to hold this title.
Dr. McCauley has received numerous awards (Engineer of the Year, The Distinguished Alumni Award, Engineering Educator of the Year, Fulbright Specialist Award and the Women Making a Difference Award, to name a few) in recognition of her professional accomplishments and community outreach efforts in the business, technology and education communities.
She is the author of "Ergonomics: Foundational Principles, Applications, and Technologies," a textbook that is used on college campuses around the world and is based on Dr. McCauley’s almost two decades of teaching. She recently authored "Transforming Your STEM Career Through Leadership and Innovation," a research-based book on successful leadership strategies and principles. Her personal story of facing adversity to pursue her educational goals is told in her book; “Winners Don’t Quit . . .Today They Call Me Doctor.”
TSTEM Inc.spearheads national STEM education, leadership, diversity and innovation initiatives in coordination with universities, corporations and institutions across the globe. Dr. McCauley oversees ergonomics and biomechanics focused technical support services and technical product development as well as Expert Witnessing in the areas of product liability, biomechanics, ergonomics, human engineering, and occupational safety.