Debbie McCoy serves as the Senior Program Lead at SHI. She recently returned from an overseas assignment where she was involved in the start-up of education and research programs and facilities of the Qatar Foundation’s Research and Development organization. She served as an invited mentor and project judge in the 2015 WISE (World Innovation Summit for Education) conference. She was involved in ExxonMobil’s Women in Science outreach and in organizing and facilitating local school tours to international petroleum company facilities at the Qatar Science and Technology Park in Doha.
Debbie served as the program manager of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Research Alliance in Math and Science program in the Computing and Computational Sciences Directorate, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) from its infancy through December 2012. The program reached underrepresented students majoring in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines with paid internships and hands-on research experience with the Laboratory’s world-class scientists and engineers. She was actively engaged with SCxx and served on the Education and Broader Engagement committees until her overseas assignment.
Her experience with nonprofits began as a 6th grade Girl Scout herself, and then later co-founded the first Brownie Girl Scout troop in her community as an adult. She has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, United Way, Ronald McDonald House, Susan Komen Foundation, 4‑H, and in numerous K-12 school, college, and civic organization activities.
She has been invited to speak at numerous education and career conferences and panels, including delivering the commencement address at her alma mater. Her formal education is in business administration.