NSBE's mission is to increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.
The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) began at a national conference planned and hosted by the Society of Black Engineers at Purdue University in April 1975. Black engineering students throughout the United States and Canada attended this event to lay the foundation for an organization, which would promote the recruitment, retention, and successful graduation of Blacks in engineering. Thus, NSBE, a non-profit organization managed by students was born. NSBE currently develops extensive programs for increasing the participation of Black and other ethic minorities in the fields of engineering and engineering technologies.
NSBE is comprised of collegiate chapters on college and university campuses and Alumni Extension (professional) chapters nationwide. These chapters are geographically divided into six regions. 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 NSBE torch symbolizes our everlastingburning 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.
NSBE Alumni Extension (NSBE-AE)
In March 1988, at NSBE's 14th Annual Conference, the organization approved the adoption of the NSBE Alumni Extension (NSBE-AE). This addition to the overall NSBE structure not only promoted the participation and the input from the professional engineering community, but also provided a mechanism for NSBE graduating seniors to continue their involvement with the organization.
Since its inception, NEAE has developed annual programs, which support the Black and professional communities in the Boston metropolitan area. The goals of the NSBE-AE organization are to promote technical expertise, professionalism, and fellowship amongst studying and practicing engineers, technical professionals, and scientists. In NSBE-AE, one can hone professional skills while making a significant social contribution.
The purpose of the Alumni Extension is to support NSBE in a way that 1) Develops and enhances NSBE programs; 2) Increases technical awareness; 3) Encourages scholastic achievement; and 4) Stimulates enthusiasm in the Black engineering community in order to promote technical expertise, professionalism, and fellowship among Black engineers.
- Function as a representative body on issues and developments that affect the careers of Black engineers.
- Encourage and advise minority youth in their pursuit of an engineering career.
- Stimulate and develop student interest in the various engineering disciplines.
- Strive to increase the number of black students studying engineering at both undergraduate and graduate levels.
- Develop the technical and professional skills of its members.
- Encourage members to seek advanced degrees in engineering or related fields and to obtain/maintain professional engineering certification.
- Promote public awareness of engineering and the opportunities for Blacks and other minorities in the profession.
- To institute a high quality leadership development process that will enable NSBE pre-college, college and professional members to obtain the shared values and essential skills needed to address the challenges facing them.
- To develop quality communication mechanisms that enable NSBE alumni to share the Alumni Vision.
- To offer rewarding experience for current and potential members through opportunities to contribute toward the NSBE missions.
- To improve college recruitment, retention, graduation, and ultimate success as professional engineers by establishing strategic alliances among people of African descent.
- To stimulate technology transfer among NSBE members, empowering them to excel as engineers, scientists, business leaders and educators.