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ABOUT Calvin

  • Internationally-Renowned STEM Speaker
    Dr. Mackie is an award-winning mentor, inventor, author, educator, internationally renowned speaker, and a successful entrepreneur. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Mathematics at Morehouse College in 1990, graduating Magna Cum Laude and a member of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society. He was simultaneously awarded a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), where he subsequently earned his master’s degree and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in 1996. While pursuing his doctorate degree, he served as an instructor of mathematics at Morehouse College. Following graduation, he joined the faculty at Tulane University, where he pursued research related to heat transfer, fluid dynamics, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. In 2002, he was promoted to associate professor with tenure. He enjoyed a respected academic career, before refocusing his career on entrepreneurship, consulting, and professional speaking.
  • Critically-Acclaimed Author
    Dr. Mackie’s inspirational memoir, A View from the Roof: Lessons for Life and Business, has been adopted as educational course material by numerous secondary and college teachers throughout the country. His second book, Grandma’s Hands: Cherished Moments of Faith and Wisdom, is a celebration of elder generations, their wisdom, and experiences
  • Award-Winning Mentor
    Dr. Calvin Mackie was awarded the 2019 Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Board’s prestigious Chair Phoenix Award. In 2017, Governor Edwards appointed Mackie to the Louisiana Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Advisory Council. In 2003, Dr Mackie received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring in a White House ceremony during the Bush Administration. He is the 2002 the Black Engineer of the Year Award for College Level Educator recipient, the 2002 New Orleans Data News Weekly Trailblazer Award, and the Pi Tau Sigma/ASME Excellence in Teaching Award in Mechanical Engineering for 2000 and 2002. Committed to community service, Mackie is an active member of the National Speaker Association and the 100 Black Men of Metro New Orleans. He has presented to numerous civic and educational institutions, government entities, professional associations, and businesses of every size and industrial focus. Through his travels and online mentoring presence, Mackie reaches millions of students and professionals annually
  • Successful Entrepreneur
    Mackie is President and CEO of the Channel ZerO Group LLC, an educational and professional development consulting company he co-founded in 1992. In 2013, He founded STEM NOLA, the non-profit organization to expose, inspire and engage communities in learning about opportunities in STEM. STEM NOLA has engaged over 65,000+ students – mostly under-served low-income students – in hands-on STEM project-based learning. He is a partner in Golden Leaf Energy (GLE) GLE promotes and distributes the ethanol fuel blend E85, which is comprised of 85% ethanol and 15% regular gasoline. E85 is a clean energy that protects America's long-term environmental and economic interests. Presently, Golden Leaf Energy is the exclusive alternative fuel supplier for the federal fleet cars in the state of Louisiana.