Dr. McCoy is the Preston and Catharine White Endowed Fellow and Associate Director of the Myers-Lawson School of Construction (MLSoC) and Director of the Virginia Center for Housing Research (VCHR) at Virginia Tech. He is also Professor of Building Construction in the Myers-Lawson School of Construction, a joint venture of the College of Engineering and the College of Architecture and Urban Studies
Dr. McCoy has authored over 100 articles and his main area of research focuses on how innovation progresses through the residential construction industry and how it can make homes more affordable and sustainable. He has secured over $6 million as principal investigator on federal and state research grants focused on housing affordability, green building technologies, and construction safety, among other issues. Notable funded endeavors include: 1) The Commonwealth of Virginia's Executive Order 32 study "Addressing the Impact of Housing Affordability for Virginia’s Economy"; 2) HUD's " Impact of Market Behavior on the Adoption and Diffusion of Innovative Green Building Technologies," A Sustainable Communities Research grant; 3) NIOSH's “The Case for a Whole Industry Approach to Safety,” a grant on safety across cultures and sectors of the construction industry and 4) Housing Virginia's "The Impact of Energy Efficient Construction for LIHTC Housing in Virginia." Dr. McCoy’s research won the 2015 Game Changer Award for the State of Virginia and Engineering News Record's 2014 "Top 20 under 40" for the Mid-Atlantic. Dr. McCoy's work also won ASCE's Journal of Architectural Engineering "Top Paper Award 2015" and the American Real Estate Society conference’s "best paper prize for the topic of Sustainable Real Estate."