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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. Their nickname is ‘The Chicago Six.’
The NSBE Torch symbolizes our everlasting burning desire to achieve success as engineers in our present society. The lightning bolts represent the striking impact that will be felt upon society and industry as a result of the contributions and achievements made by the National Society of Black Engineers.
NSBE is the largest student-managed organization in the country with hundreds of pre-college, college and alumni/technical professional chapters all over the world. These chapters are geographically divided into six regions. DMV NSBE, Jr. is located in Region II - the Deuce: 2 Hype!
In 1975, the first National Conference was held at Purdue University. 48 students from 32 schools attended the conference. Five important things happened at this conference:
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.
NSBE offers academic excellence programs, scholarships, leadership training, professional development and access to career opportunities for thousands of members annually. With over 2000 elected leadership positions, 12 regional conferences and an annual convention, NSBE provides opportunities for success that remain unmatched by any other organization. NSBE also publishes three national magazines; the NSBE Magazine, the Career Engineer and the NSBE Bridge.
Current National Stats
275 Collegiate Chapters
75 Alumni Extension Chapters
99 NSBE Jr. Chapters
40+ Conferences Annually
3 National Magazines
NSBE is governed by an executive board of college students and professional engineers (Alumni Board only) and is operated by a professional staff in the National Headquarters located in Alexandria, VA.
The mission of the National Society of Black Engineers is "to increase the number of culturally responsible Black Engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community."
Located in Region II, DMV NSBE, Jr is one of 65 active NSBE, Jr (pre-college) chapters for students in grades K-12. Region II also boasts 60 active collegiate chapters and 18 professional chapters throughout Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, & South Carolina.
According to U.S. News and World Report’s 2020 Top Engineering Programs, 11 of the top 50 ranked universities in the nation are located within Region II. In addition, our region encompasses a wealth of universities with the best undergraduate engineering & STEM programs, along with being the home of 12 Historically Black Colleges and Universities. According to Diverse Issues in Higher Education, we have five institutions in the top 10 producers of African-Americans with bachelor’s degrees in engineering and six out of the top 10 producers of African- Americans with master’s degrees in engineering each year. Region II is home to some of the top talents that NSBE has to offer. **We encourage HS families to put HBCU's at the top of your list when considering their child's next journey to higher education - the best, brightest & most experienced STEM Innovators are HBCU Made! HBCUs ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Engineering Schools list
During the 2018–2019 academic year, members of Region II reported a verified average GPA of 3.16 with 1,328 transcripts (and report cards form NSBE, Jr Members) submitted. Our region has developed a reputation for tremendous leadership, membership participation, and academic prowess.
Additionally, for three consecutive years, DMV NSBE, Jr has won Region II NSBE, Jr Chapter of the Year! Thanks to our dedicated parent volunteers, committed collegiate mentors & supportive community service partnerships - and of course our brilliant young future engineers!
Visit www.nsbe,org to find a NSBE, Jr Chapter