Mary Helen McCay to Speak at Friends of Eau Gallie Library Event

First Lady of Florida Tech to Introduce
‘Hidden Figures’ at May 20 Event     

MELBOURNE, FLA. — Mary Helen McCay, the First Lady of Florida Institute of Technology and an accomplished engineer, will speak Saturday, May 20, as the Friends of the Eau Gallie Library hosts a screening of the movie Hidden Figures.

The event is from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the library, 1521 Pineapple Ave. in Melbourne. It is free and open the public.

The 2016 Oscar-nominated film, co-written by Melbourne High graduate Allison Schroeder, explores the critical impact a team of African-American women had on early NASA space mission.

McCay will make introductory comments and closing remarks.

After attending Florida State University and the University of Florida, where she earned a Ph.D. in metallurgical engineering, McCay went to work for NASA. During her career there, McCay served as a Payload Specialist Astronaut, was Principal Investigator on the Microgravity Laboratory I flight experiment along with three others, and earned NASA’s Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal.

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