Mae Whiteside is the President & CEO of CKL Engineers, LLC. Whiteside graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology having pursued a bachelor’s of science in civil engineering. She started her engineering career two blocks north of campus in the Dearborn Holmes Housing projects as a math tutor for Silas Purnell, a well known educator and proponent of African American students attending HBCUs.
In 2009 she founded CKL Engineers, LLC, a civil engineering firm with offices in Chicago and Atlanta. She is a notable figure in Chicago’s business community and influencer of women in the STEM fields and in civic engagement. She is licensed to practice in Georgia and Illinois.