Keynote Speakers

Friday Lunch Keynote


“Engineering Social Justice”

Dr. Pamela McCauley

Associate Dean for Academic Programs, NC State University

Internationally recognized innovator, entrepreneur and engineering researcher

2019 Technologist of the Year, Women of Color magazine

On the role of mentoring to connect with and inspire students and support their aspirations in STEM, particularly students from underrepresented groups

Dr. Pamela McCauley is an internationally recognized innovator, entrepreneur and engineering researcher in the development of mathematical models, human engineering, and engineering leadership. As an award-winning educator, she is on a mission to empower students and professionals to successfully pursue STEM educational, entrepreneurial and career goals. An author of over 100 technical publications, she is a full professor and taught industrial engineering at the University of Central Florida for 27 years and previously held the position of Martin Luther King, Jr. Visiting Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In January 2018, she was selected as a Program Director for the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps Program where she served in this role until 2020. In 2019 she was named Technologist of the Year by the prestigious Women of Color magazine.She’s recently accepted a new position as the Associate Dean of Academic Programs in the Wilson College of Textiles at NCSU. As an award-winning educator, she is on a mission to empower women to successfully pursue STEM educational, entrepreneurial and career goals. She presently resides in Raleigh, North Carolina with her husband, Mr. Johnnie Michael.

Friday Dinner Keynote


“A Conversation with Livingston Taylor”

Acclaimed singer-songwriter and Professor, Berklee College of Music

Words and music from a 40+ year career performing and teaching

How connecting with and caring for an audience (our students) is critical for a performer (educator).

About how connecting is not about what we put out, but what we take in from our audience (students).

Being aware of how our students are doing - what their needs (educational and otherwise) really are.

Livingston Taylor’s career as a professional musician has spanned over 50 years, encompassing performance, songwriting, and teaching. Described as "equal parts Mark Twain, college professor, and musical icon, Livingston maintains a performance schedule of more than a hundred shows a year, delighting audiences with his charm and vast repertoire of his 22 albums and popular classics. Livingston has written top-40 hits recorded by his brother James Taylor and has appeared with Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, Fleetwood Mac, and Jimmy Buffet. He is equally at home with a range of musical genres - folk, pop, gospel, jazz - and from upbeat storytelling and touching ballads to full orchestra performances. In addition to his performance schedule, Livingston has been a full professor at Berklee College of Music for 30 years, passing on the extensive knowledge gained from his long career on the road to the next generation of musicians. Liv is an airplane-flying, motorcycle-riding, singing storyteller, delighting audiences with his charm for over 50 years.