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Levi C. Maaia


Personal website: www.levi.maaia.com

Levi C. Maaia is a maker, explorer, ethnographer and leader focused on equitable and sustainable solutions.

Levi is passionate about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. He earned a PhD in education at UC Santa Barbara where his ethnographic research focused on a maker-based, STEM education initiative in which he led high school students in designing and building hardware and software solutions in order to solve complex problems. He presently serves on the ARISS-US Education Committee, a NASA-sponsored STEM initiative to connect students with astronauts aboard the International Space Station via amateur radio.

Through Maaia Communications, Levi helps technical and creative projects thrive in today’s highly competitive environment. Over the years, he has worked on a number of short documentaries and commercial productions. From 2009-2010, he produced and hosted “Intents & Purposes” on KCSB-FM public radio in Santa Barbara. The hour-long public affairs program focused on in-depth interviews with researchers and scientists. In 2015, he produced a documentary on the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and Music School for Rhode Island PBS.

From 2004-2018, under Levi’s leadership, Full Channel, an independent communications provider, successfully turned around a declining subscriber base while making highly successful forays into digital and high-definition television, TV Everywhere content streaming, IP telephony and renewable energy solutions. This included the groundbreaking GreenLink® initiative: an innovative partnership to deliver broadband services via 100% local wind power. As a result of these efforts, industry trade publication Cablefax honored him and his team with a Top Ops Award.

Levi is a private, instrument-rated, land and seaplane pilot. He enjoys sailing, amateur radio, photography and tinkering with his 1966 Mustang.


  • American Education Research Association (AERA) • Member

  • ARISS-US Education Committee • Founding Member
    A NASA-sponsored educational outreach program connecting students with astronauts aboard the International Space Station

  • Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT) Life Member

  • Angel Flight West • Command Pilot
    An L.A.-based nonprofit providing air transport for children and adults with serious medical conditions

  • The Explorers Club • Member National

  • Federal Aviation Administration • 
    Private Pilot – Airplane Single Engine Land & Sea; Instrument Airplane
    Remote Pilot – Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

  • Federal Communications Commission • Amateur Radio Operator – General Class License K6LCM

  • Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club • Board of Directors; Telecommunications Services Committee Co-Chair

  • Cablefax • Top Ops Award


  • Ph.D. in Education, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • M.A. in Education, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • M.A. in Journalism, Emerson College
  • B.S. in Film and Television, Boston University