NSBE history

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 300 collegiate, 75 professional and 75 pre-college chapters nationwide and overseas. NSBE is governed by an executive board of college students and engineering professionals.

Founded by a group of concerned African-American college students who later became known as the “Chicago Six” on the campus of Purdue University in April 1975, the National Society of Black Engineers has become the largest student-managed organization in the nation. Over the years, the organization has blossomed into a leading force in the lives of minority engineering students. NSBE is comprised of more than 31,000 pre-college, collegiate, and alumni members. Members of NSBE are comprised of students and professionals from all over the world. The primary objectives of the organization include:


  • 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.

  • 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.

NSBE with its unique characteristics has accomplished more for Black engineering students than any other organization in the world. The same light that NSBE spreads to students and professionals in the United States is also relevant in African, European, South American, Asian, Caribbean, Canadian, Australian and Pacific Islander countries for people of color. It is the NSBE leadership's vision that the organization will replicate itself in countries around the world, creating a world network of Black engineers, scientists and technologists through its international operations.


The National Society of Black Engineers was initially chartered on the campus of North Carolina State University in 1976. This chapter has always strived to maintain high goals and achieve the prime objectives of the society on the campus and the surrounding community. The chapter’s successes are attributed to the love and passion that our members hold for the organization as well as the contributions and support from our dedicated corporate supporters.