T. Dwayne McCay

President and Chief Executive Officer | Florida Institute of Technology

Contact Information

(321) 674-8099
John E. Miller Office Bldg, 201

Educational Background

B.S. Physics Auburn University
M.S. Engineering Auburn University
Ph.D. Engineering and Mathematics Auburn University

Professional Experience

Dr. T. Dwayne McCay joined Florida Tech as Provost and Chief Academic Officer, where he is second in command and has responsibility for all academic, research and student matters, including athletics. Dr. McCay came from 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, as a Vice President of the University of Tennessee, he served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Space Institute; Professor, Engineering Science and Mechanics; Adjunct Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; UT Alumni Distinguished Service Professor; 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 he was at NASA George C. Marshal 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.

Also, Dr. McCay was a Senior Research Physical Scientist at the Air Force Rocket Propulsion Laboratory, Edwards AFB CA, and a Research Engineer at ARO, Incorporated, Arnold Air Force Station, Tennessee.

Industry Affiliations/Boards
National Advisory Board Member:
NASA Engineering Research Center for Propulsion, Penn. State University
NASA Center for Advanced Space Propulsion, UTSI/Calspan
High Temperature Materials Laboratory Programs Senior Advisory Committee, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
NASA Lewis Rocket Thruster Research Program
DOD Fellowship Program
Industrial Laser Handbook
Scientific Advisory Board, Institute for Human and Machine Cognition

Board of Directors:
Center for Space Transportation and Applied Research
Tennessee Valley Aerospace Region-Chairman
American Heart Association
National Management Association
Good Shepherd School
Hands-on-Science Center
Winchester Airport Authority-Chairman
Tennessee Valley Corridor Summit
University of Tennessee Research Corporation-Chairman
UT-Battelle Board of Governors
National Transportation Research Center
Technology 2020
Florida Tech Consulting

Governor’s Science and Technology Advisory Council Infrastructure Subcommittee
Rotary International
Nine Counties/One Vision Technology Task Force
Southeastern Universities Research Association-Institutional Trustee
Development Task Force, Tennessee Tomorrow, Inc.
Association of American Colleges and Universities-Campus Representative
University Research Association Campus Representative
National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges,
Council on Research Policy and Graduate Education,
Commission on Information Technologies
Economic Development Council, Brevard County, Florida

Professional Societies
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics-Associate Fellow
Associate Editor, Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets
Liquid Propulsion Technical Committee
Liquid Propulsion Technical Committee
Program Chairman, Liquid Propulsion, Joint Propulsion Conference, San Diego, CA
Plasmadynamics and Lasers Technical Committee, Technical Program Chairman
Thermophysics Conference, Montreal Canada
American Society of Engineering Education
American Society of Metals
American Welding Society
Laser Institute of America, Co-Chairman, International Congress for Applications of Lasers and Electro-optics

Selected Publications

ICALEO=94, Laser Institute of America Proceedings, T. Dwayne McCay, A. Matsunawa, H. Hugel, Editors, Laser Materials Processing, Vol. 79, Oct. 1994.

T. D. McMay, ed. AAAA Liquid propulsion Highlights@Aerospace.America, Dec. 1985.

J. A. Roux and T. D. McCay, eds. Spacecreaft Contamination: Sources and Prevention.@AAIA Progress in Astronautics and Aeronautics, Vol. 91, Apr. 1984.

T. D. McCay and J. A. Roux, eds. Combustions Diagnostics by Non-Intrusive Methods.@AAIA Progress in Astronautics and Aeronautics, Vol. 92, Apr. 1984.

T. D. McCay, ed. 1981 Thermophysics Highlights.@Astronautics and Aeronautics, Dec. 1, 1981.

JANNAF, J. Spacecraft and Rockets, Army Research Office

J. Propulsion and Power

J. Thermophysics and Heat Transfer, NASA Headquarters, ASME

J. Heat Transfer

J. Laser Applications

International Journal of Heat and Fluid Flow.

You Dont Have to Be A Rocket Scientist, Tullahoma News (1995-1999). Weekly column on technology for the layman.

Sponsored/Invited Seminars
Over 20, including the Technion University in Israel (Krengel Fellow), NRC sponsored lectures in Portugal, NSF sponsored lectures in Yugoslavia and India and NASA sponsored lectures in Belgium.

Technical Publications:
Over 100 technical publications.

Recognition & Awards

  • NASA Management Development Program
  • American Museum of Science and Energy Technical Achievement Award
  • Auburn University Alumni Engineering Achievement Award
  • University of Tennessee Alumni Distinguished Service Professorship
  • NCR Research Fellow, Federal Service, Special Act Awards, Outstanding Performance Awards, and Army Ordinance School
  • Outstanding Graduate, Distinguished Military Graduate
  • Sigma Pi Sigma, Sigma Gamma Tau, Tau Beta Pi, Phi Kappa Phi


Research & Project Interests

Rocket Propulsion, Laser Interaction with Materials, High Speed Aerodynamics, Solidification Physics and Applied Optics


Method for Marking, Tracking and Managing Hospital Instruments
Patent No. 6,223,137 (April 24, 2001)
Method for Joining Dissimilar Metals or Alloys
Patent No. 6,173,886 (January 16, 2001)
Apparatus and Method for Producing an Improved Laser Beam
Patent No. 6,016,277 (January 2000)
Method for Laser Induced Improvement of Surfaces
Patent N. 5,985,056 (November 1999)
Apparatus for Laser Alloying Induced Improvement of Surface
Patent No. 5,961,861 (October 1999)
Laser Bonding Process
Patent No. 5,503,703 (April 1986)
Method for Laser Induced Surface Improvement
(International Patent Submitted)
Method for Gas Assisted Energy Beam Engraving of a Target Object
(Patent Pending)
Method for Producing Alloyed Bands or Strips on Pistons for Internal Combustion Engines
Patent No. 6,284,067 (September 4, 2001)
Method for Laser/Plasma Surface Alloying
Patent No. 6,229,111 (May 8, 2001)
Method for Increasing the Wear Resistance in an Aluminum Cylinder Bore
Patent No. 6,299,707 (October 9, 2001)