President / CEO
Laura served as the VP for the Wilsonville campus of the Oregon Institute of Technology, one of Oregon’s public universities. Her strategy focused on integrating industry more tightly with higher education, resulting in more industry relevance.
Before she joined OIT, Laura led efforts at the Oregon University System to bring industry and higher education together to address critical workforce talent and applied research needs.
Additionally, she served as the Executive Director of the Engineering and Technology Industry Council (ETIC), a unique council of industry executives established by the state legislature in 1997 with the mission of fueling postsecondary engineering and technology education.
Prior to joining OUS, Laura was President and CEO of Galois, Inc. Galois is a computer science research company specializing in research, design and prototyping of new technologies for cyber security and safety. In this role, McKinney was accountable for strategic direction and all operations for the company. She also held other positions at Galois, including vice president for engineering and manager of technical staff, beginning in 2001.
Other key experiences include faculty positions in computer science at two- and four-year institutions; as a project manager at Pacific Software Research Center for a large Air Force applied research project; and as a software engineer in various early stage software companies.
Laura has a BA in Mathematics and Computer Science, and an MSCS in Software Engineering.