Thursday, July 17, 2014, 4 - 6 p.m., Bentley University, Morison Hall, Morison Boardroom #300, 175 Forest Street, Waltham, MA 02451. Campus Map.
SPEAKER: Elizabeth McCoy, Physical Scientist, U. S. Army Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center.
TOPIC: Benchmarking knowledge transfer activity is just one aspect of assessing the outcomes in the evolving mentoring activities at the U. S. Army Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center in Massachusetts. Elizabeth McCoy has been actively working on leveraging knowledge through the development of active programs to transfer knowledge through mentoring for several years. Currently holding the title of Physical Scientist in the Science Technology and Innovation Division at the Center, she has a managerial role in assuring excellence in knowledge transfer as experts near retirement. In this interview, we will learn more about her background and how that has lead to the current areas of focus.
BIOGRAPHY: Elizabeth McCoy is a Physical Scientist at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) located in Natick, MA, where she serves as a staff scientist within the Science Technology and Innovation Div., Warfighter Protection Directorate. Responsibilities include technology planning and developing technology transition strategies while also providing KM coaching within her division.
Previously Ms. McCoy was team leader of the Chemical Technology Team; the team initiated a grass roots KM effort that piloted knowledge transfer approaches. This effort included formal mentoring and building collaboration and engagement within the team’s technical community. Approaches piloted by her team have been expanded by senior researchers within the organization to address the transfer of specific knowledge domains before impending retirement.
Ms McCoy also has experience serving as the NSRDEC Chemical Defense Coordinator, and being the primary interface for NSRDEC’s CB individual protection programs with other government agencies, academia and industry. Earlier work involved quality assurance, fiber research and color/camouflage. Ms. McCoy holds a B.S. in Textiles from the University of Rhode Island, and Chemistry from Framingham State College. She holds a M.S. in Environmental Studies from the U. Mass Lowell as well as an M.S. in Marketing and Technological Innovation from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
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