The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) with more than 10,000
members, is the largest student-managed organization in the country.
NSBE's mission is to increase the number of culturally responsible Black
engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively
impact the community.
NSBE is comprised of more than 270 chapters on college and university
campuses, 75 Alumni Extension chapters nationwide and 75 Pre-College
chapters. These chapters are geographically divided into six regions.
NSBE had its genesis at a national conference planned and hosted by the
Society of Black Engineers at Purdue University in April 1975. Black
Engineering students from the United States and Canada attended the event.
From this meeting of concerned students and educators, NSBE was born. In
1976, NSBE was incorporated as a nonprofit organization in the State of
Texas. NSBE also became recognized as a tax-exempt organization under
Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
The objectives of the organization are to:
Stimulate and develop student interest in the various engineering disciplines.
Strive to increase the number of minority students studying engineering at both
the undergraduate and graduate levels. Encourage members to seek
advanced degrees in engineering or related fields and to obtain professional
engineering registrations. Encourage and advise minority youth in their pursuit
of an engineering career. Promote public awareness of engineering and the
opportunities for Blacks and other minorities in that profession. Function as a
representative body on issues and developments that affect the careers of
Black Engineers. New and innovative project ideas are generated and
implemented throughout the year on the chapter, regional and national levels.
Some of NSBE's present activities include tutorial programs, group study
sessions, high school/junior high outreach programs, technical seminars and
workshops, a national communications network (NSBENET), two national
magazines (NSBE Magazine and the NSBE Bridge), an internal newsletter, a
professional newsletter (The Career Engineer), resume books, career fairs,
awards, banquets and an annual national convention.
The future of the National Society of Black Engineers is unlimited. With the
continued dedication of the members and supporters, NSBE can and will
achieve its full potential. The projects listed above are but a small sample of
the infinite possibilities.
The NSBE torch symbolizes our everlasting burning desire to achieve success
in this competitive society and to affect a positive change on the quality of life
for all people. The lightning bolt represents the striking impact that will be felt
by the Society and industry due to the contributions and accomplishments
made by dedicated members of the National Society of Black Engineers