Dr. Randolph McGee attended Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics (MCSM) high school. After graduating from MCSM, he enrolled at Tuskegee University, in Tuskegee, AL earning a B.S. degree in chemical engineering.
As an undergraduate student and first year graduate student, he interned at the Union Carbide / Dow Chemical Corporation R&D division in South Charleston, WV. This experience provided valuable first-hand experience in the world of chemicals R&D which further strengthened his desire to pursue advanced degrees in the field of chemical engineering. As an undergraduate student, he was featured in US Black Engineer Magazine and stands out as a national recipient of the prestigious W. Lincoln Hawkins Undergraduate Research Fellowship awarded by the National Action Council on Minorities in Engineering (NACME) and the American Chemical Society (ACS). The work funded by the fellowship was focused on the research and development of a generalized correlation for the sorption of organic chemicals on soil. While an intern, he applied for and received a M.S. GEM fellowship, sponsored by the Dow Chemical Company.
Immediately after earning his bachelor of science in engineering at Tuskegee University, he enrolled in the graduate program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor as a Dow GEM fellow where he earned a M.S. in Chemical Engineering (2003) and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering (2006). His focus area was heterogeneous catalysis (acid/base) and his thesis title was: “Characterization of the Basic Properties of Early Transition Metal Nitride Catalysts”. As a graduate student he was also the recipient of the Michigan Catalysis Society’s Outstanding Graduate Research Award. Following the completion of his degree, Dr. McGee conducted research at the Exxon Mobil Process Research division, where he applied his expertise to the R&D areas of catalytic fuels hydroprocessing and lube processing aimed at lowering sulfur emissions to improve environmental conditions.
Currently, at United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) as a Senior Research Engineer in the Physical Sciences Department / Environmental Science group, Dr. McGee’s recent research efforts have focused on interesting and challenging areas such as the design and development of hydrogen storage technologies, chemical vapor infiltration (CVI), ultraviolet photocatalytic oxidation (UVPCO), hydrocarbon refrigerants, and metal oxide powder processing for additive manufacturing. The motivation for such initiatives ranges from the challenge of developing clean and renewable hydrogen-based energy delivery systems for automotive applications to solving performance and material problems occurring in manufacturing processes.
He has held memberships in the American Institute of Chemical Engineering (AIChE), the North American Catalysis Society (NACS), and the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). He has also authored several presentations and publications, along with patent applications for intellectual property capture of novel technologies and has presented at many conferences around the country as well as internationally with an emphasis on hydrogen storage, gas liquid separation, nitride catalysis and other engineering technologies. In his spare time, he likes to provide mentoring to middle and high school students about the wonders of chemistry, chemical engineering, and other aspects of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).