Gov. John Bel Edwards has appointed Calvin Mackie, founder of STEM NOLA, to the Louisiana Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Advisory Council.

The council serves under the auspices of the Board of Regents to coordinate and oversee STEM education programs, to increase student interest and achievement in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics; to ensure the alignment of education and workforce needs; and to increase the number of women who graduate from a postsecondary institution with a STEM degree or credential.

A New Orleans native and former tenured Tulane University engineering professor, Dr. Calvin Mackie has inspired countless students to pursue STEM and succeed in education. After entering Morehouse College needing remedial classes, he went on to earn four STEM degrees in 11 years, including a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech.

He was the recipient of the 2003 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring, and the College Board's 2015 Dr. Asa G. Hilliard Model of Excellence Award.