Dr. Calvin Mackie, a Black Engineer of the Year Award (BEYA) winner for the promotion of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), has launched a new campaign and network of affiliates that will pursue the advancement of STEM education for children, parents, and communities.
STEM Global Action (SGA) prioritizes learning opportunities for K-12 students in low-income areas to address societal inequities by creating pathways to STEM jobs and careers.
In 2013, Dr. Mackie founded STEM NOLA, a New Orleans non-profit, committed to bringing STEM opportunities to neighborhoods and communities at churches, community centers, and schools. STEM NOLA has impacted more than 70,000 students, 17,000 families, and 2,150 schools across the United States and around the world.
“We have achieved successful results, but I believe more must be done,” said Dr. Mackie. “We are creating STEM Global Action as a vehicle to expand our work.”
Mackie earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and mechanical engineering from Morehouse College. He also holds a master’s degree and Ph.D. from Georgia Tech. A former tenured professor of engineering at Tulane University, Mackie says his approach to learning has attracted support from corporations and foundations, including Entergy, Boeing, Ochsner Health System, Chevron, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
“We thank our supporters who have made our work possible and look forward to their continued contributions to this vital cause,” said Dr. Mackie. “Our website www.stemglobalaction.com is a hub for our activities and a resource for every individual, organization, government agency, and others seeking to expand STEM education. The data and statistics explain why STEM education and skills must be prioritized to lift communities, but also to help keep the U.S. competitive with other nations in the global marketplace,” said Dr. Mackie.