The Pitch

iSTEMNOLA combats the lack of representation of minorities and women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields by exposing youth to STEM professionals and opportunities.

Deborah A. Anderson & Howard Conyers & Jaime Wright

Deborah A. Anderson & Howard Conyers & Jaime Wright

The Entrepreneur

Dr. Howard Conyers works at NASA Stennis Space Center as a structural dynamicist to support rocket engine testing. Conyers has participated in national forums at the National Academy of Engineering (Washington, DC) and NASA in understanding why Americans (especially minorities) are not entering the STEM fields. Conyers has a master’s and doctorate in mechanical engineering & materials science from Duke University in Durham, NC. He has a bachelor of science degree in bioenvironmental engineering from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, NC. Conyers lives with his wife Kathryn in Central City and is originally from Manning, SC.

Deborah Anderson works at TurboSquid as an associate producer for TurboSquid’s CheckMate certification program. She previously worked as a CG artist for Digital eMation in Seoul, South Korea. She modeled backgrounds, vehicles and props for shows such as Family Guy, The Cleveland Show, Batman: The Brave and The Bold and Scooby Doo. Anderson has a bachelor of science degree in multidisciplinary studies (film, computer graphics, art) from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY.

Jaime Wright works as a Construction Manager with the Army Corps of Engineers rebuilding the floodwalls and levees post Hurricane Katrina. In this role, he works with field personnel in scheduling, budgeting and quality control of flood protection and drainage projects in the New Orleans region. Wright is originally from Miami, FL and earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Florida State University and master’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University. Jaime thrives in adding value to the New Orleans region.

The Opportunity/Challenge

STEM careers are among the fastest growing workforce sector in the US. However,
African-Americans & Latinos make up only 7% of the STEM workforce. Women
make up only 24% of the STEM Workforce.

The Impact

  • 535 students introduced to STEM in 5 New Orleans schools in iSTEMNOLA’s Spring 2014 pilot.
  • 15 STEM experiences facilitated, a classroom presentation and hands-on activity led by local STEM professionals


2013-2014 Ventures


Press Coverage

“The Propeller Accelerator has really impacted our venture by supporting our vision and providing the resources necessary to execute our mission. iSTEMNOLA would like to send a special thank you to Andre Feigler and Leslie Jacobs.”