Day 20 Dr. Caldwell McCoy, Jr – 28 days of Black History in Technology

Dr. Caldwell McCoy, Jr

Dr. Caldwell McCoy, Jr was born June 27, 1933 in Hartford, Connecticut.  He earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, MS in Mathematics, and Doctor of Science degrees in Telecommunications.

Dr. Caldwell served in the USAF from 1956 to 1959, as a Combat Flyer with the Stetegic Air Command.  Dr. Caldwell’s employment  with the Naval Research Laboratory involved research on state-of-the-art computer equipment for underwater signaling and detection.  Dr. Caldwell was awarded the Thomas Edison Fellowship in 1968 from his work developing long-range anti-submarine system at the Naval research laboratory.

Later during the 1970’s Dr. Caldwell directed the United State’s largest computer network devoted to a single problem, to analyze the prospect of achieving usable energy from magnetic energy.

In 1983 Dr. McCoy became the Director of Information Systems Program at NASA.  Dr. McCoy was responsible for administering a program with funding in the millions of dollars, involving over 275 government and contractor employees.

Dr. Caldwell established The Caldwell McCoy Jr. Foundation which helps prepare and increase the number of students entering career paths in engineering, science, technology, and mathematics.

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