About The Speaker
Michael Carolina is the executive director of the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST).  His tenure at OCAST began August 1, 2005; he is the agency’s third executive director since its establishment in 1987. 

Carolina held management and executive positions (operating, strategic and business planning, new product development and engineering) with the Western Electric Company, AT&T and Lucent Technologies, where he worked for 25 years in the telecommunications industry.  He served in several of AT&T’s New Jersey-based operations, including technology transfer of Bell Laboratories-designed telecommunications products to AT&T’s and Lucent Technologies’ joint ventures in Korea, Taiwan, The Netherlands, Spain and Brazil.  He was also engineering director for Lucent Technologies’ Oklahoma City Global Provisioning Center.  

After his retirement from Lucent Technologies in 2001, he became an industry consultant with the OSU Center for Innovation and Economic Development Foundation.  He was also an adjunct professor in the Engineering and Technology Management program (OSU College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology.)

A native of Oklahoma, he received his B.S. in Biological Science from Oklahoma State University in 1967 and his M.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Oklahoma in 1971.  He was selected by AT&T to attend its Executive Development Program in Princeton, NJ and completed the program in 1986. 

Carolina serves on the board of directors for the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF), the National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism (MIPT), i2E, the Oklahoma Alliance for Manufacturing Excellence (OAME), as well as the Governor’s International Team (GIT), the Oklahoma Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) Advisory Committee and engineering advisory boards at Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma.  He has also been named to the Southern Growth Policy Board’s Science and Technology Advisory Committee, and to the Oklahoma Health Center Economic Development Review Committee.