Florida Tech's President T. Dwayne McCay is working with faculty and staff to identify the 5 Pillars the University will focus on to maintain and improve the level of excellence at Florida Tech.
McCay formally took office as president and CEO of Florida Tech July 1 2016. He had previously served the university as executive vice president and chief operating officer, responsible for all academic, research and student matters, including athletics. He came to Florida Tech July 1, 2003, from the University of Tennessee, where he was the vice president for research and information technology and served as the chief research officer and chief information officer for all units of the university.
Earlier, while a vice president at the University of Tennessee, he served as CEO of the Space Institute; professor, Engineering Science and Mechanics; adjunct professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; program chairman, Engineering Science and Mechanics; chairman of the Center for Laser Applications; and principal investigator, NASA Spacelab Experiment and several projects on laser processing of materials.
Previously McCay was assigned to the NASA George C. Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama. There in the Structures and Propulsion Laboratory, he was chief of the Propulsion Division; branch chief of Turbomachinery and Combustions Devices Branch and of the Propulsion Analysis Branch; and senior aerospace engineer of the Auxiliary Propulsion Branch.
McCay holds a Ph.D. from Auburn University. He and his wife, Mary Helen McCay, who holds a Ph.D. in Metallurgical Engineering and was a decorated NASA engineer early in her career, reside in Melbourne. Together, they hold 18 patents based on their materials processing research.