About Us

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 more than 270 collegiate, 75 professional and 75 pre-college chapters nationwide and overseas. NSBE is governed by an executive board of college students and professional engineers (Professional Board only) and is operated by a professional staff in our National Headquarters located in Alexandria, VA. Since 1975, the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) has become one of the largest student-run organizations in the world. The formation of the National Society of Black Engineers-Professionals dates back to 1980, when NSBE Professionals presented a proposal to the NSBE student membership to include an professional sector in the organization. Although the Professionals was not accepted at that time, the effort initiated a multi-year process to create NSBE-Professionals.

A revised proposal reflecting the origins of the current alumni infrastructure was developed in 1984, and formalized in 1985. At the 1985 NSBE national conference, the NSBE membership approved the formation of an Alumni Task Force. They were assembled to design NSBE-Professionals by the 1988 NSBE national conference. During this three-year period, the views of NSBE students and professionals from across the nation were articulated, leading to the derivation of the NSBE-Professional Operating Guidelines. In March 1988, at the 14th Annual National NSBE Convention, the NSBE membership approved the proposal to include the Professionals as an operating entity of the National Society of Black Engineers.

During the 1988-89 year, the Professionals focused on redefining their Operating Guidelines and developing regional infrastructures in accordance with these guidelines. This effort marked the final steps in the formation of the Professionals. The addition of the Professionals to the overall NSBE structure not only promotes participation and input from the professional engineering community, but also provides a mechanism for NSBE graduating seniors to continue their involvement with the organization.

The purpose of the Professional is to support NSBE in a way that: Develops and enhances NSBE programs. Increases technical awareness. Encourages scholastic achievement, and Stimulates enthusiasm in the Black engineering community in order to promote technical expertise, professionalism, and fellowship among Black engineers.