Public Service Contributions and Leadership of Federal Inter-agency Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Policy Development –
National Science & Technology Council (NSTC) Committee on Technology, National R&D Plan for Aviation Safety, Security, Efficiency & Environmental Compatibility, President Clinton’s 1997 Commission on Aviation Safety & Security, (White House Executive Order 13015, August 22, 1996)
Led the inter-agency team primarily responsible for the development, preparation and coordination of the National Science and Technology Council’s (NSTC), National R&D Plan for Aviation Safety, Security, Efficiency & Environmental Compatibility – the FAA, NASA & DOD joint-plan to implement then $1.3B FY01 R&D investment recommendations of former President Clinton’s 1997 Commission on Aviation Safety & Security, (White House Executive Order 13015, August 22, 1996), chaired by former Vice President Albert Gore. Former U.S. Transportation Secretary Rodney E. Slater at the “Aviation in the 21st Century – Beyond Open Skies Ministerial” in Chicago, Illinois launched this plan on December 5-7, 1999.
2015 Year of Transportation – Impact on the Economy and Quality of Life, January 15-16, 2015, Squire Patton-Boggs Law Firm, 2550 M St. N.W., Washington, DC 20037
Long-Term Transportation Funding: Imperative to U.S. Competitiveness and Leadership in the Global Marketplace, May 14, 2015, 10am-12Noon, U.S. House of Representatives, Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Room, Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2165, Washington, DC, Aired on C-SPAN, Sponsored by the U.S. Council on Competitiveness, Squire Patton-Boggs Law Firm, 2550 M St. N.W., Washington, DC 20037
The University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center hosted a Diversity and Inclusion Symposium Thursday, October 23, 2014, at noon in Procter Hall, Room 103. Oliver McGee III, PhD, presented “Why Diversity Matters in Health Care.”
The Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Awards recognize individuals or groups who have demonstrated a significant commitment to enhancing diversity at Ohio State and to exceeding expectations in implementing the Diversity Action Plan.
The program, now in its 21st year, rewards efforts to enhance diversity on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, sex, age, disability, veteran or military service status, gender identity, economic status, political belief, marital status or social background.
Recipients were honored with a plaque and a $1,200 honorarium at a spring luncheon during the Office of Minority Affairs’ ninth annual National Conference on Diversity, Race and Learning. The University Senate Committee on Diversity sponsors the awards program in cooperation with the Office of Human Resources.
The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Geodetic Science (CEEGS) has been making strides in support of diversity enhancement. Many of the department’s advancements in this area have come from the implementation of CEEGS’ Ten-Year Strategic Plan, established by professor and chair, Oliver McGee, to prepare the finest scientists and engineers for the next decade and improve scientific and engineering literacy.
CEEGS has been especially successful in the recruitment and retention of women and minority faculty and in creating a supportive environment for diversity and related initiatives. Faculty within the department have played active roles in the development and implementation of outreach programs to attract members of underrepresented groups to all fields of engineering and to create a diverse student body.
Some of these events include working with Ohio State’s Young Scholars Program; creation and execution of the Future Engineers’ Summer Camp for Girls, a week-long program for eighth-grade girls; and creation of the Bridges to Engineering Education project, a series of hands-on engineering activities to be used in seventh- through 12th-grade math classes.
CEEGS faculty also developed a mentoring program, connecting new and established faculty in the department. Additionally, the department’s faculty and students alike have been recognized for their commitment to academic excellence as well as diversity.