Carl Bernard Mack was born in Jackson, Miss. He is a graduate and Distinguished Engineering Fellow of Mississippi State University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering. In 2010, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree by Clarkson University.
Mack began a new chapter of his life on March 1, 2005, as the fourth executive director of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), one of the nation’s largest student-governed organizations.
His presence at NSBE was immediately felt. In each of his first four years, the organization set records for membership, reaching 33,067 members in 2009, up from its previous high of 12,842 before his arrival. He has also been instrumental in increasing NSBE’s financial resources to record highs: helping expand the organization’s cash reserves from $3.5 million to $9.0 million; securing a largest-ever grant of $1 million from a NSBE sponsor; helping build NSBE’s top-level sponsorship to record levels; bringing in hundreds of thousands of dollars to strengthen NSBE’s IT infrastructure; pushing attendance at NSBE’s Annual Convention to nearly 10,000 attendees and working with NSBE’s National Executive Board to pay off the mortgage on NSBE’s new World Headquarters building, among other highlights.
His extraordinary leadership has led to an increase in visibility for the organization, with appearances on CNN’s “Lou Dobbs Tonight” and ABC’s “Good Morning America,” and recognition in Ebony magazine as one of the Top 150 Black Leaders in America. In July 2009, Adm. Gary Roughead, Chief of Naval Operations, presented Mack with the National Naval Officers Association’s top honor for work in the field of diversity: the Capt. Charles L. Tompkins Award.
To help fill the pipeline to engineering careers with greater numbers of minorities, Mack founded NSBE’s Summer Engineering Experience for Kids (SEEK) Academy. SEEK is designed to provide early, constant exposure of African-American youth to science, technology, engineering and math. To date, Mack has secured $2 million in funding for the program, which has seen tremendous growth, from 250 elementary and middle school children to several thousand in its first three years.
Before joining NSBE, Mack worked as an engineer with METRO – King County in Seattle, Wash., and coordinated the county’s award-winning Minority Engineering Internship Program. He also served as president of the Seattle King County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). During his tenure, the branch won the 2004 Class 1-A Thalheimer Award as the top branch in the country.
Mack is a member of the Minority Advisory Board of the Mississippi State University College of Engineering and is a member of the Board of Directors of SAE Foundation (Society of Automotive Engineers).