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2008-2009 Executive Board :

President: Brittaney Wells

Vice President: Samirah Gittens

Treasurer: Dominique Melvin

Secretary: Chanel Easley

Programs Chair: Ryan Horton


About NSBE


The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) with more than 38,000 members, is the largest student-managed organization in the country

NSBE Mission


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) with more than 30,000 members, is one of the largest student-managed organization in the country. 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 Objectives


The National Society of Black Engineers strive to accomplish the following objectives for our organization:

  • 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.
  • 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.

The Future

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 Torch

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.

The History

The National Society of Black Engineers began in 1971 as the proposal of two undergraduate students at Purdue University, Edward Barnette and Fred Cooper, who approached the dean of engineering with the idea of starting the Black Society of Engineers (BSE). The intent of the organization would be to promote the retention and recruitment of black students in their engineering program. By 1974 the “Chicago Six”, who would go on to become the founders of NSBE, had made the Black Society of Engineers (BSE) an active, ever growing organization on the campus of Purdue University. Due to the Purdue chapter’s success, their president, Anthony Harris presented the group to colleges and universities nation wide and changed the name to the Society of Black Engineers (SBE). Finally, in April of 1975 at the first national meeting of the SBE the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) was born. In 1976 NSBE became a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. NSBE serves as a system of academic and social support for students typically underrepresented in the engineering and science community. The PSB NSBE Chapter was established in 1989.



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