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Oliver McGee, III

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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Civil Engineer
Engineering Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Mulatto
Favorite Food:
Salmon
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cambridge, England
Favorite Quote:
Our Words Create Our World.

Birthplace

Born:
10/28/1957
Birth Location:
Cincinnati, Ohio

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Civil Engineer
Engineering Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Mulatto
Favorite Food:
Salmon
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cambridge, England
Favorite Quote:
Our Words Create Our World.

Birthplace

Born:
10/28/1957
Birth Location:
Cincinnati
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Biography

Civil engineer and academic administrator, Oliver G. McGee III, graduated from the The Ohio State University (OSU) in 1981 with his B.S. degree in civil engineering. McGee went on to earn advanced degrees from the University of Arizona, receiving his M.S. degree in civil engineering and his Ph.D. degree in engineering mechanics and aerospace engineering in 1983 and 1988, respectively. He was a graduate teaching associate in the department of civil engineering and engineering mechanics, while attending the University of Arizona. From 1986 to 1988, McGee worked as a senior research associate at OSU. In 2004, McGee earned his M.B.A. degree in business administration and finance from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
 
In 1997, McGee was appointed senior policy analyst in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in the Executive Office of the U.S. President. In 1988, McGee began teaching at OSU as an assistant professor of civil engineering and engineering mechanics. In 1992, McGee became the first African American faculty to be promoted to associate professor with tenure in the century and a quarter year history of OSU’s engineering college. He then became, in 1992, associate professor of civil and aerospace engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. Along the way, he served in a number of visiting professorships at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), including the first opening class of MIT’s Martin Luther King Jr. Visiting Professors. Later, McGee was promoted to full professor and chair of the Department of Civil Engineering & Geodetic Science in 2001, becoming the first African-American full professor and chair in the 150-year history of OSU’s engineering college. Between 1999 and 2001 McGee served as the U.S. deputy assistant secretary of transportation for technology policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), and special assistant to the President at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Howard University hired McGee as the school's very first vice president for research and compliance in 2007. Under his leadership, the new office raised the profile of the Howard principal investigator, launched the first-ever research communications documents Research at The Capstone, and constructed a new central management for research facility at Howard University’s C. B. Powell Building, adjacent to the school’s Louis B. Stokes Science Library.
 
For his research and education initiatives, McGee has been awarded grants totaling more than $8 million. In 2007, he founded the Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm, Partnership Possibilities for America. The firm’s concepts on education, economics, and politics are covered in a number of McGee’s many books and publications. In 2012, he submitted three books for publication, including Bridging the Black Research Gap, available online through Amazon Create Space and Revilo Group Publishing, L.L.C. McGee has authored more than 50 articles appearing in academic journals such as, ASME Journal of Turbomachinery, ASME Journal of Fluids Engineering, ASME Journal of Applied Mechanics, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, International Journal of Solids and Structures, ASCE Journal of Engineering Mechanics, and Civil Engineering Systems. For his contributions, McGee has been honored by numerous organizations, including the American Council on Education (ACE), American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), National Science Foundation (NSF), and National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA).
 
Oliver G. McGee III was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on September 11, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Oliver McGee's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Oliver McGee lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Oliver McGee talks about his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Oliver McGee talks about his sister's artistry
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Oliver McGee talks about his interest in learning more about his family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Oliver McGee talks about his mother's upbringing and her passion for education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Oliver McGee talks about his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Oliver McGee talks about his paternal great-grandfather's relation to Sitting Bull and his interest in learning more about his ancestry
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Oliver McGee talks about Cincinnati Woodward High School
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Oliver McGee talks about how his parents met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Oliver McGee talks about his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Oliver McGee talks about his likeness to his mother, her influence on him, and her career at the University of Cincinnati
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Oliver McGee describes his earliest childhood memory and talks about his father's career as a fireman in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Oliver McGee talks about his elementary school teachers and his early aptitude in math
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Oliver McGee talks about his struggles with reading as a child and how he overcame it
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Oliver McGee describes his childhood neighborhood, his interest in classical music, and the culture of Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Oliver McGee describes the sights, sounds and smells of Cincinnati, Ohio and talks about his mentors
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Oliver McGee talks about his academic performance in elementary school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Oliver McGee talks about race relations in Cincinnati, Ohio during his childhood
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Oliver McGee talks about his parents' difficult relationship, their divorce, and his decision to live with his mother
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Oliver McGee reflects on the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Kennedy family
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Oliver McGee talks about improving his reading skills, starting high school, and his mother's parenting and influence
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Oliver McGee talks about witnessing domestic violence during his childhood and the importance of perseverance
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Oliver McGee talks about his high school geometry teacher and learning Euclidean Geometry
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Oliver McGee talks about his experience as a drum major at Ohio State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Oliver McGee talks about his high school band and his musical interests
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Oliver McGee talks about his high school math preparation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Oliver McGee talks about the demographics of Woodward High School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Oliver McGee reflects on his high school counseling, his concerns about education policy, and his concerns for the education of future generations
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Oliver McGee talks about his job at McDonald's and his mother's aspirations for him
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Oliver McGee talks about his decision to attend The Ohio State University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Oliver McGee talks about Minnie McGee's influence on his decision to major in engineering at The Ohio State University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Oliver McGee talks about the history of drum majors and the band at The Ohio State University and his experience as an understudy to Dwight Hudson
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Oliver McGee talks about football and his experience as a drum major at The Ohio State University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Oliver McGee talks about his professors and his experience in the engineering department at The Ohio State University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Oliver McGee talks about meeting Dr. Julian Manly Earls and his mentors at the NASA Lewis Research Center and the University of Arizona
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Oliver McGee talks about his dissertation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Oliver McGee talks about the relevance of his doctoral research on the field today and the goals of scientific research
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Oliver McGee talks about adjusting to the environment in Arizona
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Oliver McGee talks about African Americans pursuing careers in academia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Oliver McGee talks about his experience teaching at The Ohio State University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Oliver McGee talks about his professional awards and his appointment to the faculty at the Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Oliver McGee talks about Charles Vent's influence on his appointment to the White House Fellows Program
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Oliver McGee talks about being appointed as a White House Fellow
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Oliver McGee talks about his experience as a White House Fellow and his interest in science policy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Oliver McGee talks about his research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his mentee, Keith Coleman
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Oliver McGee talks about meeting Bob Nash and his influence on his appointment to the Department of Transportation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Oliver McGee reflects on his experience serving in the White House and talks about the people who were instrumental in his career there
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Oliver McGee talks about leaving the White House, his decision to study business, and his experience at the Wharton School
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Oliver McGee talks about his experience at the University of Chicago
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Oliver McGee talks about his book, "Jumping the Aisle: How I Became a Black Republican in the Age of Obama"
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Oliver McGee talks about graduating from the University Of Chicago Booth School Of Business
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Oliver McGee talks about his interest in philanthropy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Oliver McGee talks about his experience teaching at Howard University
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Oliver McGee talks about his desire to become a university president
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Oliver McGee reflects on his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Oliver McGee talks about his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Oliver McGee reflects on his life choices and talks about his family and friends
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Oliver McGee talks about his books
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Oliver McGee talks about how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Oliver McGee describes his photos