In an increasingly competitive workplace, NSBE helps to position its technical professional members for success through certification workshops, professional development conferences, cyber-mentoring and many other vital programs.
Professional Development Seminars - Throughout the year, we host several Personal & Professional Development Seminars. Each seminar focuses on either a specific discipline of engineering or an area of personal development. Some of the seminar topics listed for this year are Financial Planning, Project Management, and Community Development. Most of these session occur during our monthly chapter meetings or local NSBE conferences.
Special Interest Groups/Think Tanks - Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are designed to bring together people of like interests within their discipline. Think Tanks are designed to develop answers to pressing issues. It is the expectation that SIGs/TTs will draw alumni who would like to develop answers to important issues that they face in their day to day professional life. From this, we expect to add members, technical awareness, and increased visibility to NSBE-AE. NSBE-NEAE is looking to initially renew our now-defunct Environmental Justice SIG.
Student Outreach - Members of our Student Outreach Committee act as mentors to undergraduate students at New England area colleges that have NSBE student chapters. The Student Outreach Committee members participate in career panel discussions, judge engineering contests, and provide a presence at the schools to be positive role models for these future Black professionals. This student outreach also applies to pre-college students as well.
- The Facetime Mentoring Program -
This program is open to Boston-area middle school, high school, and college students with an interest in or currently majoring in a STEM field of study; as well as technical professionals with a strong desire to serve as a positive role model. The mentorship is a one-on-one message-based interaction with monthly educational and social events that give participants the opportunity to meet in person. Mentors will also have the opportunity to help plan and run the group events if interested.
- Mentoring Program Overview and FAQ (MS Word Document)
- Sign-Up Form for Mentors (MS Word Document)
- Sign-Up Form for Mentees (MS Word Document)
- NSBE Junior / Pre-College Initiative - The Pre-College Initiative program was designed to increase the level of consciousness of African-American youth, encourage their attendance of college, and their pursuit of both studies and careers in Engineering, Science, and Mathematics. Our goal is to become an important force in the development of our future Engineers.
- NSBE Jr. Chapters at the John D. O'Bryant School of Math and Science in Roxbury, MA and the Engineering School in Hyde Park, MA - We aim to support the NSBE Jr meembers with their National Engineers Week Career Panel, college planning, etc.
- Try-Math-A-Lon Competition - The Try-Math-A-Lon competition is a competition between teams composed of high school students in grades 9-12. The purpose of the contest is to help groom these students for success in math/science courses. NSBE-NEAE members support, mentor, and tutor high school students in SAT level mathematics, high school level science, and African-American history to prepare them for the Try-Math-a-lon competition with other teams in the New England area. The winner of the local competition goes on to participate in the Try-Math-a-lon competition at the Region One Fall Conference. The Regional winner competition will represent Region I in the National competition, which is held at the NSBE National Convention. Click here to download the Try-Math-A-Lon Toolkit, which contains detailed information on the program and how to get involved.
Professional Development Conference / Fall Regional Conference - Every year, our members participate in the Region I Professional Development Conference (PDC). This provides them with an opportunity to network with other African-American Engineers from the Northeastern states and Canada and attend a variety of Professional, Technical, and Personal Development workshops. In addition, we regularly provide support to the Fall Regional Conference as competition judges, conference volunteers, and workshop facilitators for the student events.
National Convention - The NSBE National Convention provides members an opportunity to meet with almost 10,000 other African-American engineers and students from across the nation. The National Convention is highlighted by the Golden Touch Awards and a large career fair, sponsored by over 200 major companies. The Golden Touch Awards is a gala event hosted by NSBE to recognize the accomplishments of talented engineers in industry, government, and academia. The Golden Touch Awards also recognize the academic accomplishments of high school and college students. Finally, The National Convention provides a variety of professional, technical, and personal development workshops.
Summer Sizzler - Every late-summer/early-fall, we hold a large outdoor cookout and activity day for members and their families to enjoy a day of fun, food, and games. Usually, our Summer Sizzler is held at Arsenal Park in Watertown, MA.
Social Activities - In addition to the many professional and community service opportunities, we plan several events with entertainment and physical fitness in mind. Recent events have included a monthly happy hour, bowling, basketball tournaments, fantasy football leagues, flag football, paintball, and karaoke night.
Awards Dinner - Members are recognized at the Awards Banquet for their many accomplishments and contributions throughout the year. Additionally, we invite all of our previous speakers to recognize all of them collectively and honor the winner of our best chapter meeting presentation.