Darron Lamkin is the founder of “Class Matters Inc.,” an Oklahoma-based nonprofit that assists at-risk mid-high school students in graduating and transitioning into college with aspirations in the STEM-related fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Class Matters’ mission is “to develop future engineers, entrepreneurs, and leaders who realize their potential and maximize the potential of others.”
To fulfill Class Matters’ vision to “empower our future, one teen at a time,” Darron travels the country presenting, conducting hands-on STEM learning demonstrations, and sharing his life lessons and stories with high school students, first-year experience college students, and others. Darron uses his experience as a certified behavioral rehabilitation specialist to assist the youth and adult learners with short- and long-term college-to-career planning, credit repair, and character development.
Darren currently works for The Boeing Company as a System Engineer/Project Engineer. He earned a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology in 2010 from Oklahoma State University. In 2012 and 2014, he completed Master of Science (M.S.) degrees in Industrial Engineering and Management and in Entrepreneurship, respectively. Darron is also certified engineering and aviation educator through PBS Oklahoma Educational Technology Association (OETA) and NASA.
Currently, Darron is working towards a doctoral degree in Educational Technology with a research emphasis in Engineering Education and digital STEM Career Exploration. Upon completion of his doctoral degree, he plans to expand his after-school program by offering curricula and assessments to other organizations that would like to promote and broaden the participation in the engineering workforce.
Superseding all of his academic, professional, and community involvement, Darron is a committed family man as a husband, brother, uncle, son and proud father.