Dr. Oliver McGee

Dr. Oliver McGee

HistoryMaker, ScienceMaker, EducationMaker; Teacher, researcher, administrator, and adviser to government, universities, corporations and philanthropy.

  • Oliver G. McGee III, Ph.D., M.B.A., C.F.R.M.         
    Dr. Oliver is a HistoryMaker, ScienceMaker-Research, and EducationMaker-Administration at The History Makers - The Nation's Largest African American Video Oral History Collection. see biography at: http://www.thehistorymakers.com/biography/oliver-mcgee-iii        

    Dr. Oliver has gone viral online with millions of views and social media shares worldwide on breaking news aviation safety and security stories, available at www.OliverMcGee.org, including the Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 Mystery, Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, Asiana Airlines Flight 214, AirAsia Airlines Flight 8501, TransAsia Airlines Flight GE235, and Germanwings Flight 9525 (recently on Sky News HD Live, via London), including calling Malaysia Flight MH370 "the greatest mystery in aviation security history" on Fox News' Hannity.

    Two of his MH370 articles have been named LinkedIn Editor's Picks! He is globally attributed to the international aviation safety and security digital-age technology quote in the media, "Let's take the 'black-box' from the bottom of the ocean and put it in 'the cloud," on Reuters, Business Insider, Fox News, Sydney Morning Herald, China Times, and Daily Telegraph (U.K.).

    He has also contributed to Fox News 'America's News HQ' on the Asiana Flight 214 story back in July 2013, making the take-away quote, "Boeing teaches us how planes fly, but also how planes should crash in saving hundreds of lives."

    A civil, aerospace, and mechanical engineer, Dr. McGee is professor of mechanical engineering and former Vice President for Research and Compliance at Howard University, serving as the chief research officer of the 140-year institution, and as a Cabinet-level executive reporting to the Howard University President. Primary responsibilities included shaping vision, overall management, and fiscal oversight of Howard University’s research strategy, planning, coordination, compliance, administration, and sponsored programmatic operations -- including research policy and administration strategy; human resource staffing; research financial planning, investments, valuation and risk management; sponsored programmatic operations; research marketing, development and communications; and supervision of research capacity growth and cost recovery; and technical assistance programs.
    As Vice President for Research and Compliance, Dr. McGee provided executive leadership and administrative oversight of Howard University’s Office of the Vice President for Research and Compliance, Office of Research Compliance, Office of Sponsored Programs, and Office of Technology Transfer. He had fiscal responsibility for central administration oversight of annual university sponsored grants and contracts expenditures of over $70 million in FY07.
    Dr. McGee is former Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), Inc. The UNCF is the nation’s largest, oldest, most successful and comprehensive minority higher education cooperative financial security and assistance philanthropic organization. McGee served as the chief academic officer of the 60-year old College Fund with primary responsibilities of management, oversight, and executive leadership of all UNCF programmatic departments to support the Fund’s 39 private Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) member institutions.
    He provided leadership and administrative oversight of the UNCF Office of Academic Affairs, including several UNCF departments: Scholarships and Grants Administration, Corporate Scholars, Fiscal and Strategic Technical Assistance and Academic Programs, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education and Pipeline Development, The Fredrick D. Patterson Research Institute, and The UNCF Institute for Capacity Building. He also had fiscal oversight responsibility for managing an annual UNCF programmatic operating budget of over $40 million.
    Dr. McGee was Professor and former Chair (2001-2005) of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Geodetic Science at Ohio State University. He is the first African-American to hold a professorship and a departmental chair leadership in the century-and-a-quarter history of Ohio State University’s engineering college. McGee is the former United States (U.S.) Deputy Assistant Secretary of Transportation for Technology Policy (1999-2001) at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).
    Appointed by former U.S. President William Jefferson Clinton, McGee served as the lead direct report to former U.S. Transportation Secretary Rodney E. Slater, with primary responsibility for management, oversight, and executive coordination of technology policy and programs across the ten modal transportation administrations of the U.S. DOT – totaling to approximately $5 billion annually for research and development of the nation’s complex transportation system. McGee came to the U.S. DOT after serving as Senior Policy Analyst (1997-1999) in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). He led OSTP’s contribution to the President’s Initiative on Race, which resulted in the White House policy document, "Meeting America’s Needs for the Scientific and Technological Challenges of the Twenty-First Century – A White House Roundtable Dialogue for President Clinton’s Initiative on Race."
    At the U.S. DOT, McGee led the interagency 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 the $1.3B FY01 R&D investment recommendations of former President Clinton’s 1997 Commission on Aviation Safety & Security, 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 6, 1999.
    Dr. McGee served as co-chair of the NSTC Committee on Technology Wire Systems Safety Interagency Working Group, which resulted in the White House policy document, "Review of Federal Programs for Wire Systems Safety," aimed to benchmark agency efforts to optimize Federal R&D leading to a national strategy for wire system safety in response to the Gore Commission on Aviation Safety & Security. He also led the teams responsible for the development and preparation of the 2025 national transportation policy reports, "Transportation Decision Making – Policy Architecture for the 21st Century" and "The Changing Face of Transportation," both released in January 2001. His leadership in this effort resulted in his teams of federal government career staff receiving the 2000 U.S. Secretary of Transportation’s Partnership for Excellence Award – the second highest award within the Federal Department. This award recognizes department-wide inter-modal teams/groups that have used partnership models to support one or more DOT strategic plan goals.
    Recognition and Honors:
    Dr. McGee has also held a number of faculty appointments and research positions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Georgia Institute of Technology, Ohio State University, and the University of Arizona. He came to higher education with industrial-sector experience through engineering positions held at NASA’s John H. Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field and Boeing (formerly McDonnell Douglas) Helicopter Company.
    He has received numerous national and state teaching and engineering awards including a 1991 National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, a 1993 NASA Faculty Award for Research, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) & the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching's 1995 State of Georgia Professor of the Year, U.S. Black Engineer Magazine's 1996 Black Engineer of the Year Award, Education College-Level, and Science Spectrum Magazine’s “Fifty (50) Most Important Blacks in Research Science” for 2004. In 2005, McGee was named to Science Spectrum Magazine’s “Top Minorities in American Research Science” List.
    He has authored numerous research journal articles on subjects ranging from interdisciplinary design synthesis and vibration control of mechanical and structural systems to aeromechanics and control of dynamic flow instabilities in air-breathing propulsion systems used for aircraft. McGee has served on the Board of Editors of the international journal, Computer Modeling in Engineering and Sciences, and he is a former member of the National Science Foundation Advisory Committee for Engineering. McGee has been named an American Council on Education Fellow (ACE) for 2012-13, serving as the ACE Fellow to UCLA Chancellor Gene Block.
    Educational Data:
    Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, McGee is a graduate of Woodward High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, the oldest public high school west of the Appalachian Mountains. He is a 1981 graduate of Ohio State University in civil engineering. He received a M.S. degree in civil engineering in 1983, and a Ph.D. degree in engineering mechanics (with a minor in aerospace engineering) in 1988, both from the University of Arizona, and a M.B.A. degree in 2004 from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business. He earned the Certificate of Fund Raising Management (C.F.R.M.) in 2013 from Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. McGee also earned the Certificate of Professional Development (C.P.D.) in 2001 from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and he is an alumnus of Wharton’s Advanced Management Program (AMP36), and the Private Wealth Management (PWM) Program (2006), sponsored by The Wharton School and the Institute of Private Investors (IPI). He is a LL.B. candidate at the University of London Law School.
    He has studied at the University of Cambridge (England), Stanford University, The Aspen Institute, Harvard’s Law School and John F. Kennedy School of Government, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy – The Fund Raising School, Council for Excellence in Government, the American Association of State Colleges & Universities’ (AASCU) Millennium Leadership Institute Fellows Program, an educational management program for prospective chancellors and presidents, and The Directors’ Consortium, an executive program on the fundamentals of corporate governance and board service (jointly sponsored by the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, Stanford Law School, and The Wharton School). He is also a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD).
    Institutional Data on Current Position:
    Authorized by a charter of the 39th U.S. Congress to which President Andrew Johnson affixed his signature on March 2, 1867, Howard University opened its doors to students two months later. As the nation’s largest predominantly black institution of higher learning, Howard University has produced more black professionals than any other institution in the country. More than half of the nation’s black physicians, dentists, pharmacists, engineers and architects are Howard graduates.

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