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Dr. Calvin Mackie


CEO, Channel ZerO Group, LLC
Senior Vice-President, Golden Leaf Energy, LLC
Executive Director, STEM NOLA

The Science of Inspiration

Dr. Mackie is the founder of STEM NOLA, a non-profit organization designed to expose, inspire and engage communities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Since December 2013, STEM NOLA has engaged over 7,000 K-12 New Orleans students in STEM activities.

Dr. Calvin Mackie is an award winning mentor, inventor, author, a former Tulane University engineering professor, renowned speaker, and successful entrepreneur. His messages of positivity, dedication, and accountability transcend race, gender, ethnicity, and religion. Dr. Mackie completed his degree in Mathematics at Morehouse in 1990, graduating Magna Cum Laude and a member of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society. He was simultaneously awarded a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech, where he earned both his Master’s and Ph.D. During his 12-year tenure at Tulane University, he pursued research related to heat transfer, fluid dynamics, energy efficiency, and renewable energy.

He has won numerous awards including the 2003 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring in a White House ceremony. He was awarded the highest honor bestowed upon a graduate of Morehouse College, A Candle in the Dark’s “Bennie” Award for his many academic, professional, and entrepreneurial achievements.

He is currently a partner and Senior Vice-President of Golden Leaf Energy (GLE). GLE is an innovative, renewable energy company that manufactures renewable lubricants and methyl esters (biodiesel), and continues in his role as President and 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.

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