Dr. Calvin Mackie is the founder of STEM NOLA, a non-profit organization founded to expose, inspire, and engage the opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Since December 2013, STEM NOLA has engaged over 15,000 K-12 hands-on project-based STEM activities.
Prior to starting his career, Mackie graduated Morehouse College Magna Cum Laude earning a degree in Mathematics and was simultaneously awarded a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech, where he subsequently earned his Master’s and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in 1996. Following graduation, he joined the faculty at Tulane University, where he enjoyed a respected academic career for twelve years.
Following the catastrophic Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Dr. Mackie was appointed to the thirty-three member board of the Louisiana Recovery Authority (LRA). In 2009, then Louisiana Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu appointed Dr. Mackie to the Louisiana Council on the Social Status of Black Boys and Black Men. Recently, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards appointed Mackie to the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Board (CPRA) and the Louisiana STEM (LA-STEM) advisory council. Mackie is currently the CEO of the Channel ZerO Group LLC, an educational and professional development consulting company he founded in 1992.
Dr. Mackie’s is the author of two award-winning books: A View from the Roof: Lessons for Life and Business and Grandma's Hands: Cherished Moments of Faith and Wisdom.
Mackie has won numerous awards including the 2003 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring in a White House ceremony. Dr. Mackie was awarded the highest honor bestowed graduate of Morehouse College, A Candle in the Dark’s “Bennie” Award for his many academic, professional, and entrepreneurial achievements.
Dr. Mackie has been a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He is a devoted husband to his wife, Tracy, and father to his two sons, Myles Ahmad and Mason Amir.