mission | objectives | the torch | national directives

The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) with more than 10,000 members, is the largest student-managed organizatiokn in the country.

NSBE is comprised of more than 270 chapters on college and university campuses, 75 Alumni Extension chapters nationwide and 75 Pre-College chapters. These chapters are geographically divided into six regions.

NSBE's mission is to increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.
  • Stimulate and develop student interest in the various engineering disciplines.
  • Strive to increase the number of minority students studying engineering at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • Encourage members to seek advanced degrees in engineering or related fields and to obtain professional engineering registrations.
  • Encourage and advise minority youth in their pursuit of an engineering career.
  • Promote public awareness of engineering and the opportunities for Blacks and other minorities in that profession.
  • Function as a representative body on issues and developments that affect the careers of Black Engineers.

    Some of NSBE's present activities include tutorial programs, group study sessions, high school/junior high outreach programs, technical seminars and workshops, a national communications network (NSBENET), two national magazines (NSBE Magazine and the NSBE Bridge), an internal newsletter, a professional newsletter (The Career Engineer), resume books, career fairs, awards, banquets and an annual national convention.

The NSBE torch symbolizes our everlasting burning desire to achieve success in this competitive society and to affect a positive change on 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 dedicated members of the National Society of Black Engineers.
     Social Consciousness
NSBE’s involvement in community based education and engineering issues will be exemplified via an International Walk for Education. While maintaining our attention on industrial issues we will increase our participation in the Technical OutReach Community Help program (TORCH) program.
    Leadership And Academic Development
In our focus on these two key business areas of NSBE, we want to continue to increase the core skills and talents of our members through leadership training, and assistance in achieving academic excellence. Through their participation in the National Leadership Institute (NLI) and Achievers Plus programs, all NSBE members from pre-college students to Ph.D.-holders and technical professionals — will receive the tools they need to develop these skills and talents and increase their competitiveness as students and employees.
    Vital Technical Excellence Programs
The revised Achievers Plus program includes Pre-College- PhD related academic foci in addition to a technical professional component that concentrates on Special Interest Groups. Furthermore, NSBE On Line will be utilized to enhance academic proficiency and professional training.
    Operational Effectiveness
NSBE has recommitted to two of its fundamental goals: improving service to its members and setting and attaining higher standards for its domestic and international operations. We will accomplish this by (1) improving chapter operations through the Chapter Development Program (CDP), (2) timely and efficient conference planning, (3) expanding the services provided through NSBE Online and (4) improving communication between the leadership and the members of the society; to list just a few of our specific objectives. Our new customer service approach will be designed to help our members focus better on the critical aspects of their social, academic and professional lives and ensure that everyone gets the most out of their affiliation with NSBE. We also will expand the scope of our Pre-College Initiative (PCI) to include third- through fifth-grade students; as research has suggested the greatest positive impact on young people can be made during this stage.
    Expanding Career Access
By concentrating our professional and career development efforts in the NSBE Career Institute, we will focus significant resources on the task of ensuring that NSBE members of all ages receive the guidance and instruction they need to get accepted into the school or job of their choice. We will increase our efforts in this area through improved strategic relationships with our Board of Corporate Affiliates (BCA) members; by globally expanding our resources and programs that educate members about entrepreneurship and employment opportunities; by assisting with resume improvement, and by providing business etiquette training, exam preparation and certification offerings.