Mary Helen McCay, a University Research Professor at Florida Institute of Technology, director of the school’s National Center for Hydrogen Research, NASA astronaut alternate and holder of two dozen patents, has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI), the organization announced in December.
McCay, the founding president of Florida Tech’s National Academy of Inventors local chapter and an inductee into the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame this year, joins a 2017 class of 155 others from top universities and research agencies worldwide, including CalTech, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Election to NAI Fellow status is a high professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society.
“I am honored to be named a Fellow with such a distinguished group of women and men,” McCay said. “Together the class of 2017 and all past NAI Fellows highlight the far-reaching and positive impact scientists and researchers can have, and I look forward to helping the next generation of pioneers continue to explore and illuminate our world in important ways.”
Dwayne McCay, Florida Tech’s president and Mary Helen McCay’s husband, was named an NAI Fellow in 2016.