Congratulations to NSBE leader Simone Douglas! The mechanical engineering senior at North Carolina A&T State University received a $12,000  Linde Engineers of Tomorrow Scholarship award for 2019–20 this summer from the Executive Leadership Council (ELC), a prominent national organization of black current and former CEOs in the U.S. Douglas was one of 58 students to receive ELC Undergraduate Scholarships this year.
Now vice president of the National Society of Black Engineers chapter at A&T, Simone Douglas and her twin brother, Stephan, gained their first experience with NSBE as elementary school students participating in the 2008 and 2009 Summer Engineering Experience for Kids (SEEK) program in their hometown of Columbus, Ohio.  The SEEK program, founded in 2007, provides guidance through a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum by mentor-instructors, many of whom are members of NSBE. The three-week summer programs are free of charge and are held in locations across the U.S.
“It was a ton of fun, and I remember that,” says Simone about SEEK. “I think the biggest takeaway was working in a team to solve a problem at a young age, with exposure to the bigger picture. It makes you more well-rounded, character-wise, growing up, being able to work together with other people…. Working in a team is vital for innovation. It’s vital for creativity. Groundbreaking discoveries come from working together.”
NSBE has continued to provide opportunities for Simone and Stephan long after their time with SEEK. Stephan, like Simone, is thriving as a student at A&T. The civil engineering major recently worked as a project engineer intern with Corna Kokosing Construction Company, in Columbus, and in a Transportation and Logistics Engineering Co-op with Marathon Petroleum Corporation, in Findlay, Ohio. As a selectee for the Northrop Grumman Foundation-NSBE Integrated Pipeline Program (IPP) in 2016, Simone became part of the first cohort of 24 engineering students at three Historically Black Colleges or Universities (HBCUs) who received scholarship grants, engineering internships and professional development support through the $2-million, three-year program.  A total of 48 students at North Carolina A&T, Florida A&M University and Howard University have now benefited from the IPP.
Simone recently participated in Google LLC’s Build Opportunities for Leadership & Development (BOLD) Internship program and is also a Program Class of 2019 Career Prep Fellow for Management Leadership for Tomorrow and a 2019 Thurgood Marshall College Fund Leadership Institute scholar. Travel abroad has widened her horizons and given her opportunities to serve. She recently studied in Ghana and volunteered as a STEM teacher there, in the town of Chorkor.
A 10-year-old scholar-athlete with dreams of playing NCAA basketball when she started with SEEK, Simone says the program helped guide the long evolution of her career goals: she now plans to get a law degree, after completing her bachelor’s degree program at A&T, and eventually work as a general counsel for a large technical company.