ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE). The three-year agreement is designed to develop a long-term, cooperative framework in which the two organizations can work together in thought leadership related to engineering and diversity and in promoting a diverse engineering workforce. AABE and NSBE officials signed the document on Oct. 13, 2015 during a ceremony at AABE headquarters in Washington, D.C.
 
NSBE is a 31,700-member, student-governed society dedicated to moving black students and professionals from underrepresentation to overrepresentation in the field of engineering. The mission of AABE and its more than 1,500 members is “to ensure the input of African Americans and other minorities into the discussions and developments of energy policies regulations, R&D technologies, and environmental issues.”
 
NSBE National Chair Neville Green is a senior majoring in chemical engineering at the City University of New York.
 
“Developing strategic partnerships with organizations such as AABE will be critical to NSBE’s success as we work to increase our positive impact on black communities,” Green says. “NSBE’s National Executive Board looks forward to our collaboration and the great things that will come from it.”
 
“This agreement absolutely makes sense, not only for our two organizations but for the nation as a whole,” says NSBE Executive Director Karl W. Reid, Ed.D. “Energy policy and diversity in engineering are two issues that will change the world over the next 10 years. AABE will be a valuable ally as NSBE seeks to graduate 10,000 black engineers annually in the U.S. by 2025.”

 
NSBE and AABE have agreed to a number of actions to achieve their common goals, among them: sharing information about their existing technical programs and knowledge resources; identifying and developing opportunities to expand their current programs; creating new initiatives; organizing technical activities such as seminars, workshops, publications, competitions and training programs; and exploring membership expansion and membership enhancement opportunities.
 
About NSBE
Founded in 1975, the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is one of the largest student-governed organizations based in the United States. With more than 31,700 members and more than 300 chapters in the U.S. and abroad, NSBE supports and promotes the aspirations of collegiate and pre-collegiate students and technical professionals in engineering and technology. NSBE’s mission is “to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.” For more information, visit www.nsbe.org.
 
About AABE
The purpose of AABE is to serve as a resource for policy discussion of the economic, social and political impact of environmental and energy policies on African Americans and other minorities; to ensure involvement of African Americans in governmental energy policymaking by recommending capable, sensitive and informed personnel to appropriate officials; to encourage both the public and private sectors to be responsive to the problems, goals and aspirations of African Americans in energy-related fields; to encourage African-American students to pursue careers in energy-related fields and to provide scholarships and other financial aid for such students. AABE has more than 1,500 members in 46 affiliated chapters throughout the U.S. More information is available at www.aabe.org.
 

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Contact:
Christina Sykes
csykes@nsbe.org
(703) 549-2207, ext. 202