Michael Carolina is the executive director of the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST). Before joining OCAST, he worked in management and executive positions with the Western Electric Company, AT&T and Lucent Technologies. While with AT&T and Lucent Technologies, he was involved in engineering, strategic planning, new product design and introduction, manufacturing, technology transfer and joint venture operations in Europe, Asia and Latin America.
Carolina earned his B.S. in biological sciences from Oklahoma State University (OSU) in 1967 and his M.S. in environmental science from the University of Oklahoma (OU) in 1971. In 1986, he completed AT&T’s Executive Development Program in Princeton, NJ. He serves on numerous committees and boards, including the Dean’s Strategic Advisory Council for the OSU College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology; the OSU-Oklahoma City President’s Advisory Board; the Advisory Board for the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Gallogly College of Engineering, University of Oklahoma; the advisory board of the Stephenson School of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Oklahoma; and the President’s Council of Advisors at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO).
In 2016, Carolina was inducted into the University of Oklahoma Gallogly College of Engineering Distinguished Graduates Society. In 2018, the OSU Alumni Association named Carolina as a recipient of its Distinguished Alumni Award. In 2019, Carolina was named to the board of the United Way of Central Oklahoma and also became a Trustee of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation.