This is the NSBE Membership zone of NSBE designed to handle all membership needs of the chapter. The overseer to the membership zone is the Vice President, but membership dues go to the Treasurer. Members can apply/renew Chapter membership online by completing and emailing a membership form. The National Society of Black Engineers is a national organization. As such, we have a national chapter, several regional chapters under that and the hundreds of NSBE university chapters under their respective regional chapter. As a result, all members must pay dues to the national chapter as well as the chapter to become a paid member.
The University of Illinois dues are $7.00. Along with chapter dues, National dues must be paid. National dues may be paid online at the national website here, or may be paid to the chapter along with chapter dues for a total of $17.00.
If you already have an account with NSBE Online, but have also paid the chapter your membership dues, you will have to go onto your online account to renew your membership. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO PAY ONLINE. You can pay the chapter and we will send the money in for you. You can pay online if you wish, but be sure to fill out a chapter membership application and mark on it that you have already paid online.
This High School event is catered to young high school students who may be interested in Engineering. Further explanation then link to forms Here
As a chapter we have general body meetings every other Tuesday. Some meetings we have representatives come in to speak with our members about their respective companies. This provides a platform for members, to learn about companies and ask questions that go beyond what they can research online. We also have workshops such as maximizing your resources on campus to résumé workshops during other general body meetings.
This High School program is catered to admitted students to the College of Engineering at Illinois.
Once a week we volunteer at a local middle school to talk to children and do experiments to spark their minds at an early age. By reaching these children at an early age we can impact them greatly and increase the number of future engineers.
In 1971, two Purdue undergraduate students, Edward Barnette (now deceased) and Fred Cooper approached the dean of engineering at Purdue University with the concept of starting the Black Society of Engineers (BSE).
Barnett served as the first president of the BSE. The fledging group gained momentum in 1974, with the direction and encouragement of Bond and the active participation of the young men whose destiny was to become the founders of NSBE. Now known as the “Chicago Six”, these men are Anthony Harris, Brian Harris, Stanley L. Kirtley, John W. Logan, Jr., Edward A. Coleman, and George A. Smith.
Encouraged by their on-campus success, Anthony Harris, president of the Purdue chapter, wrote a letter to the presidents and deans of every accredited engineering program in the country (288), explained the Society of Black Engineers (SBE) concept and asked them to identify black student leaders, organizations and faculty members who might support their efforts on a national basis. Approximately 80 schools responded. Many had similar Black student organizations with similar objectives. A date was set for the first national meeting and 48 students representing 32 schools attended the event, held April 10-12, 1975. Harris also changed the organizations’ nomenclature from the BSE to the Society of Black Engineers (SBE).
It was at that historic meeting through majority vote, that SBE became the National Society of Black Engineers. The familiar NSBE symbol “N” with lightning bolts was chosen and it remains a distinctively recognizable symbol representing the premier technical organization for African American engineering students and professionals. NSBE was eventually incorporated in Texas, in 1976 as 501©3 non-profit organization. John Cason, also of Purdue, served as the first elected president of NSBE. As the organization grew, Virginia Booth became the first female National Chairperson and the first to serve two terms 1978-1980.
The torch symbolizes members’ everlasting, burning desire to achieve success in a competitive society and positively affect the quality of life for all people. The lightening bolt represents the striking impact that will be felt by the society and industry due to the contributions and accomplishments made by the dedicated members of the National Society of Black Engineers.
NSBE has since grown from six to 15,000 members and the annual meeting has blossomed into the Annual National Convention, hosting over 8,000 attendees. NSBE has 75 NSBE Jr. pre-college, 270 student and 75 alumni/technical professional chapters. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., NSBE offers academic excellence programs, scholarships, leadership training, professional development and access to career opportunities for thousands of members annually. With over 2000 elected leadership positions, 12 regional conferences and an annual convention, NSBE provides opportunities for success that remain unmatched by any other organization.
“The Chicago Six”
NSBE, first known as the Society of Black Engineers, was born at Purdue University in April 1975. In 1976, NSBE was incorporated as a nonprofit organization in the State of Texas. The headquarters is located in Alexandria, VA.
The NSBE experience empowers every member to reach their full potential. We are encouraging our membership to continue the legacy while maintaining leadership roles in NSBE, Black communities, and their professional organizations.
•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 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 represent body on issues and developments that affect the careers of Black engineers
•New and innovative project ideas are generated and implemented throughout the year on the chapter, regional, and national levels
The Future of the National Society of Black Engineers is unlimited. With the continued dedication of the members and supporters, NSBE can and will achieve its full potential.
External Vice President
Internal Vice President
Pre-Collegiate Initiative Chair
Pre-Collegiate Initiative Chair
Nsbe Junior Chair
Community Service Chair
Learn more about the Executive Board by reading their bios, sending them an emails, and looking at their linkedIn accounts.