Thomas E. McCann PhD

Hertz Fellow: Thomas E. McCann PhD

University of California, Davis/Livermore

Area of Study

Plasma Physics

Fellowship Years

1977 - 1978

President and Founder, McTech LLC

Thomas McCann is the President and Founder of McTech LLC, a consulting firm offering services in the aerospace and entertainment industry sectors. Tom retired as the senior vice president of engineering for Walt Disney Imagineering in July 2006, an organization that develops Disney theme parks worldwide. Before he began working at Disney in 1999, Dr. McCann was a technical director at Raytheon Systems Corporation, where he was responsible for technology and engineering personnel in hardware development, software development, and integration and testing for a systems of systems business unit. Prior to joining Raytheon in 1992, Dr. McCann was a senior scientist for the Extended Air Defense Testbed (EADTB) program at Hughes Aircraft Corporation. From 1986 to 1991, he was the manager of technology and product development at Loral Command and Control Systems (formerly Ford Aerospace) where he managed three engineering departments. Dr. McCann was on active duty with the United States Air Force for 21 years, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1986. Some of the positions he held in the Air Force include professor of physics, director of faculty research and computer-based education at the U.S. Air Force Academy, and exchange scientist in Germany. He received his BS in Mathematics and MS in Physics from the University of North Texas. He was awarded a Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship in 1977 and completed his PhD in Engineering and Applied Science at the University of California, Davis, in 1978. Currently he serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation, is on the Graduate Fellowship Selection Committee and is a member of the Thesis Prize Committee.