About Us

Our Mission

The National Society of Black Engineer’s mission is to increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.

Our Goals

As a chapter, we are striving to become more interactive by collaborating with other organizations, directing more students towards graduate programs, and offering research opportunities.

Our History

The torch symbolizes members’ everlasting, burning desire to achieve success in a competitive society and positively affect the quality of life for all people. The lightening bolt represents the striking impact that will be felt by the society and industry due to the contributions and accomplishments made by the dedicated members of the National Society of Black Engineers.

Our Founders

NSBE was founded at Purdue University in 1975 by six people: John Logan (deceased), Edward Coleman, George Smith, Stanley Kirtley (deceased), Brian Harris, and Anthony Harris. They were know as the ‘The Chicago Six.’In 1975, the first National Conference was held at Purdue University. 48 student from 32 schools attended the conference. Five important things happened at this conference:
-The National Symbol was chosen
-A rough draft of the National Constitution was written
-The organization was divided into six geographic regions
-The first National Chairperson was elected, John Cason
-The name for the group was selected, “The National Society of Black Engineers.”