About NSBE

About NSBE


The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), with more than 29,900 members, is one of the largest student-governed organizations in the country. Founded in 1975, NSBE now includes more than 394 College, Pre-College, and Technical Professional/Alumni chapters in the United States and abroad.


The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is a 501(C)(3) non-profit association that is owned and managed by its members. The organization is dedicated to the academic and professional success of African-American engineering students and professionals. NSBE offers its members leadership training, professional development, mentoring opportunities, career placement services and more. NSBE is comprised of 242 collegiate, 70 professional and 82 pre-college active chapters nationwide and overseas.  These chapters are geographically divided into six regions. NSBE is governed by an executive board of college students and engineering professionals and is operated by a professional staff in our World Headquarters located in Alexandria, VA. NSBE has accomplished more for Black engineering students than any other organization in the world.


Learn more about NSBE by exploring the official website at: http://www.nsbe.org/default.aspx


NSBE History


The Black Society of Engineers (BSE) was founded in 1973 by Edward Barnette and Fred Cooper, two Purdue undergraduates looking to create a student organization to help improve the recruitment and retention of black engineering students.  Arthur J. Bond, then the only black staff member at the university, was appointed to be its adviser. Under Barnette’s leadership and Bond’s guidance, BSE grew and eventually fostered what would become the founding members of NSBE: Anthony Harris, Brian Harris, Stanley L. Kirtley, John W. Logan, Jr., Edward A. Coleman, and George A. Smith.


As President of BSE, Anthony Harris sent out a letter to every accredited engineering program across the nation explaining the BSE concept and called upon black student leaders, organizations and faculty members who were willing to support the cause. On April 10th through the 12th, 1975, 48 students from 32 schools join together for first Society of Black Engineers (SBE) meeting. It was at this meeting that the National Society of Engineers (NSBE) was formed. John Cason was elected to serve as the first elected president of NSBE. In 1976 NSBE became incorporated as a 501©3 non-profit organization.


The Symbol



The NSBE symbol "N" was chosen at the first SBE meeting in 1975. 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 lightning 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.








NSBE offers several levels of membership including:


  • NSBE Jr Membership: for pre-college students interested in the STEM fields

  • Collegiate Membership: for undergraduates majoring in STEM and graduates who majored in STEM

  • NSBE Professional Membership: for working professionals and graduates who majored in STEM

  • Lifetime Membership: for those dedicated to the NSBE cause

  • International Membership: for those who reside outside of the United States and Canada

To learn more about membership or to join NSBE visit: http://www.nsbe.org/Membership.aspx