Dr. Pamela McCauley Bush an award-winning innovative leader is giving back in honor of her 50th birthday. Dr. Pamela McCauley Bush overcame immense life hurdles to be hailed today as an engineering expert at the University of Central Florida and a globally renowned motivational speaker in the Women’s Leadership and STEM Education communities.
The 50 years it took to reach this level of success included major obstacles and adversity along the way, as detailed in her acclaimed inspirational book, Winners Don’t Quit . . . Today They Call Me Doctor. An insecure teen mother at age 15, Bush struggled against the odds to complete her education. Even the case worker in the welfare office questioned Bush’s choice of pursuing college, attempting to write her off as another “statistic.”
Bush persevered and became the first African American woman to receive a PhD in Engineering in the state of Oklahoma. From there, she went on to become a Martin Luther King, Jr. Visiting Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Today, Dr. Bush is a tenured Professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems at UCF where she leads the Human Factors in Disaster Management Research Team.
It is back in Oklahoma, at the school for pregnant girls she attended when she was15, that she will kick off her “50 Days of Giving for 50 Years of Living” campaign. Considered a “very empowering and inspirational” speaker, Dr. Bush will speak to the teen moms, share her story, and impart powerful inspiration on never giving up and how to forge ahead against the odds.
Dr. Bush hopes to continue this path in Florida, interacting with organizations such as the Heart of United Way, YMCA Young Achievers, and the Boys and Girls Club. She plans on volunteering her time and resources, while creating a video and blog post on her http://PamelaMccauleyBush.com/ website. This site and her efforts are also promoted through Facebook, so she can further raise awareness for the various groups she is speaking with. What an amazing way to celebrate turning 50! Dr. Bush’s “50 Days of Giving for 50 Years of Living” will prove that helping others is the very best birthday present to give and to receive.
From teen Mom on welfare to Fulbright Scholar and respected engineering expert, Dr. Bush proves what can be achieved through determination and will. She chooses to give back and empower others and for this, she deserves recognition.
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