NSBE Founders

Anthony Harris

Anthony "Tony" Harris is president and CEO of Campbell/Harris Security Equipment Company (CSECO), a manufacturer of contraband, explosives, and “dirty bomb” detection equipment. Primary customers include the US State Department, the Department of Homeland Security, and the US Customs and Border Patrol. CSECO products are also used by domestic and international law enforcement agencies. Prior to acquiring CSECO Mr. Harris was vice president of marketing for Calpine Corporation headquartered in San Jose, California. There he was responsible for brand management, marketing strategy development and execution, new product development, advertising and sales training. Before Calpine , Mr. Harris was vice president of National Account Services and Western Region sales at PG&E Energy Services in San Francisco. He has also been vice president of marketing and sales for Pacific Gas & Electric Company, and president of Standard Pacific Gas Line, Inc.

CSECO is not Mr. Harris’ first encounter with entrepreneurship. He has been president and CEO of a Silicon Valley start-up venture, StyleChoice.com and has also been president and CEO of Sonoma Ford/Lincoln Mercury. Mr. Harris is the founder of the National Society of Black Engineers and currently serves as Chair of its National Advisory Board. He is a member of the Executive Leadership Council, and serves on the board of directors of the Oakland Museum of California, and the advisory board of One California Bank. He earned his BS in mechanical engineering from Purdue in 1975 and an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business in 1979. He was named a Purdue Outstanding Mechanical Engineer in 1999. On February 22, 2008 Tony was awarded the distinction of Distinguished Engineering Alumnus by Purdue University.

Brian Harris

Brian Harris began his professional career in 1975 with Amoco Chemicals Corporation as a project engineer for the engineering group. Following project assignments in Houston, he was reassigned to the corporate headquarters in Chicago, joining the sales department as the Midwest regional sales representative. After five years with Amoco, Harris established his own firm specializing in general construction. He is currently a general partner in Progressive Development & Associates, a construction management firm and owner of a commercial and residential painting company.

Harris, a native of Chicago is married and resides in Evanston, Illinois. The great sense of pride Harris feels being one of the catalysts of NSBE is surpassed only by the tremendous growth NSBE has realized. Harris earned a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Engineering from Purdue University.

Edward A. Coleman

Edward A. Coleman leads Bethel New Life, a notable nonprofit organization that has served Chicago's West Side communities since 1979.  In this role, Ed is directing Bethel toward establishing and implementing initiatives geared toward economically transforming Chicago’s West Side communities into attractive places to live, work, and play.  The execution of Bethel's mission is based on a combination of job and income creation (business development) and high-demand career preparation, elevation, and fulfillment (workforce development).

Ed joined Bethel New Life in January 2012, and immediately assumed a responsibility to establish and drive economic development initiatives for the West Side communities.  He brings decades of experience leading initiatives in large and small corporate environments, as an entrepreneur, in government agencies, in higher education institutions, and in nonprofits. Over the years, Ed had leadership roles with HOPE Fair Housing Center, as owner and CEO of EAC Enterprises, Inc., and with leading telecommunications businesses, including Lucent Technologies and AT&T. He has also taught business at Purdue and Governors State Universities, and at City Colleges of Chicago.

Ed is a Chicago native and graduate of Morgan Park High School. He holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance from DePaul University, and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University. While at Purdue, Ed was one of six students that led the founding of the National Society of Black Engineers.  Among Ed’s professional honors is a Purdue Engineering Alumni Association Service Award, a number of civic recognitions, and many industry awards in quality control, financial management, and product realization.  Along with his recent election to the Board of Directors of mHub, Ed currently serves in a similar capacity for the Austin (Chicago) Chamber of Commerce and Community and Youth Development of DuPage County.  Ed also serves on the Advisory Committee for Chicago’s Neighborhood Opportunity Fund, the Advisory Board of the Chicago Development Fund, the Community Leaders Council of CIBC, and the Community Advisory Council of Associated Bank.  In recent years, he has been on the Boards of the Joliet Diocese Catholic Charities, HOPE Fair Housing Center, the City of Naperville Fair Housing Commission, the Purdue University Black Alumni Association, and AALR.

Ed has always felt an obligation to make contributions that have a positive impact on society, and believes that his current responsibility with Bethel helps him fulfill those aspirations. His interests include domestic and international travel, competitive card playing, golf, and spectator sports. Ed has a spouse (Melody), a daughter (Lisa), and a grandson (Peter).

Stanley L. Kirtley (Deceased)

Stanley L. Kirtley was vice president of Client Community relations for ASC Services Company, L.L.C. in Chicago. His responsibilities included business development corporate communications, marketing and public relations. ASC is a $160M architectural/engineering design and construction management firm. ASC manages Ameritech’s construction program. Previously, Kirtley held various assignments in real estate, design and construction, and purchasing at Ameritech. He also worked at Ford and Procter and Gamble.

He was a member of the International Facilities Management Association and was on the Board of Directors for the American Kidney Fund in Washington, D.C. He was also active as a board member of the Calvary Baptist Church of Glenwood, was an advisory board member for the School of Civil Engineering at Purdue, in addition to serving as a member of the Industrial Advisory Board for the Purdue Chapter of NSBE. Kirtley is also a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Kirtley earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Purdue and a MBA with Distinction in Marketing from Keller Graduate School of Management.

George A. Smith

George Smith, a retired Electrical Engineer, Technical Sales Manager, Employee Survey Researcher, and Process Improvement Author, is now a K-16 STEM Education Advocate. He continues to work toward achieving the NSBE Mission by providing advice and encouragement to NSBE Chapters and by participating in student outreach activities of the Chicago Engineers Foundation.

George Smith’s engineering journey began in 1971, when, along with his Lindblom Technical High School classmates, he enrolled in the Purdue University College of Freshman Engineering. The Society of Black Engineers at Purdue was established to improve the success rate of minority engineering students, and it worked. George served the SBE in several roles, including SBE Secretary, Publications Committee Chair, Recruiting Brochure Editor, Cornerstone Newsletter Editor, SBE Publications Illustrator, sole designer of the SBE Logo, and he was one of the “Chicago Six” Regional Meeting Moderators at NSBE’s Founding Conference.

In 1975, empowered by their mentor a Black Electrical Engineering Professor, named Arthur Bond, the Chicago Six transformed their group into the National Society of Black Engineers. When asked how NSBE was formed George says, “WE DID IT BY COMMITTEE”. Today the organization is known worldwide as NSBE. It’s Founders are known as “Dr. Bond and the Chicago Six”. In his senior year at Purdue, George was recognized for his student leadership and influence when he was invited to serve on the Purdue President’s Iron Key Honorary Society.

George Smith started his professional career by joining General Electric’s Miniature Lamp Engineering Division as a Process Control Engineer. Later George joined the Hewlett Packard Electronic Components Group as a Staff Engineer and he was soon promoted to the Field Engineer position. In this role he was responsible for providing applications services and technical sales support to product development engineers who were designing new electronic equipment. Mr. Smith was also responsible for negotiating and closing six figure contracts within his multi-state territory on a monthly basis.

Among George’s customers were engineers who were designing, enhancing, or using test equipment, automation controls, aircraft radios, cellular radios, automobile lights, digital cameras, office equipment, electronic games, fiber optics networks, and optical bar code readers for inventory control.

Mr. George Smith won many top performance awards during his Field Engineer assignment and was promoted to the District Manager position, where he had responsibility for five Midwestern States. He was recognized for his successful track record when he received Hewlett-Packard’s highest honor, the HP President’s Club Award. It was presented to him personally by HP’s Founders, Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard.

Mr. Smith earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, he later studied Survey Research Methods at Northwestern University. George is a lifelong learner, at the age of 60, he completed a five course master’s level certificate curriculum in Financial Planning at DePaul University. George used each degree, license, and certificate he earned to launch himself into new and refreshing professional fields of interest.

George is versatile, in addition to his technical positions, his professional career included entrepreneurial experiences as an Employee Survey Researcher, and an Author of two books published by the American Society for Quality. Both of his books, “Sales Productivity Measurement” and “The Sales Quality Audit” became best sellers for his publisher. For his contributions to the field, Mr. George A. Smith, Jr. has been recognized by Dr. Paul Selden, author of Sales Process Engineering, as one of the Pioneers of Sales Process Engineering (SPE). Another notable SPE Pioneer is Tom Siebel, founder of Siebel Systems. To put the significance of this recognition into context, Siebel Systems is the predecessor of Salesforce.com.

Purdue University displays it’s pride in being the birthplace of NSBE by prominently placing the NSBE monument (which is a modification of George’s SBE logo) on the West Lafayette campus.

In 1999, NSBE Founders, “Dr. Bond and the Chicago Six” were honored to receive Purdue University’s Engineering Alumni Association (EAA) Service Award for their effort to increase the number of minorities in engineering.

In 2019, during the Chicago Engineers’ Foundation’s (CEF) 50th Annual Scholarship Awards Banquet, CEF presented it’s Inaugural Distinguished Alumni Award to George Smith for a lifetime of dedication to youth aspiring to become engineers. As a point of reference, Astronaut Mae Jemison is also a CEF Alumnus.

George Smith’s motto is; “First become an engineer, and then become whatever you want !”

John W. Logan, Jr. (Deceased)

john-w-logan-(1).jpgJohn Logan graduated from Purdue University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering in 1975. Logan was vice president at the 1st National Convention. He was killed in an industrial accident at Amoco Oil Refinery in Houston in 1986. Until his untimely death, Logan continued his affiliation with NSBE by participating in national conferences and working diligently to assist Amoco’s minority engineering recruitment efforts.

Purdue University’s Minority Engineering Program and The Amoco Foundation established the John Logan Memorial Scholarship fund in his honor. His wife Marilyn, son John Wesley Logan, III, mother Martha and his sister Etelka, survive him.

Arthur Bond, Ph.D. (Deceased)

Dr. Arthur Bond joined Alabama A&M as Dean of Engineering and Technology in August 1992 after having served as professor and head of the Electrical Engineering Department at Tuskegee University since 1989. While at Tuskegee, he was a member of SYTHESIS Coalition of eight engineering schools sharing a $15.3 million National Science Foundation. Dr. Bond is a tireless advocate for quality engineering education for minorities. As a result of his efforts, AAMU is the only university in the country to have a directed verdict that ordered new engineering programs. The verdict came out of a long running desegregation lawsuit against the State of Alabama. In May 1999, AAMU graduated its first class from the Electrical and Mechanical Engineering programs.

Prior to Tuskegee, Dr. Bond worked in commercial industry for AlliedSignal, Hughes, TRW and Union Carbide in capacities ranging from electronics research technician to research and development engineer. Dr. Bond received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University. He is the recipient of the ASEE Vincent Bendix Award, the NACME Reginald H. Jones Award and the Huntsville Association of Technical Societies as AAMU’s Professor of the Year. He is married to Carolyn Duvall.