Mission

NSBE MEMBERSHIP

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.

JOIN THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS CHAPTER

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.

RENEW MEMBERSHIP

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.

Events

NSBE holds several events throughout the academic year.

Fall High School Visitation

This High School event is catered to young high school students who may be interested in Engineering. Further explanation then link to forms Here

General Body Meetings

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.

Spring High School Visitation

This High School program is catered to admitted students to the College of Engineering at Illinois.

NSBE JR.

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.

About

Where It All Started

  • 1971

    INTRODUCTION

    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).

    They wanted to establish a student organization to help improve the recruitment and retention of black engineering students. In the late 1960′s, a devastating 80 percent of the black freshmen entering the engineering program dropped out. The dean agreed to the idea and assigned the only black faculty member on staff, Arthur J. Bond, as advisor.

    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.

  • 1975

    FOUNDERS

    “The Chicago Six”

    • Anthony Harris
    • Edward A. Colman
    • George A. Smith
    • Brian Harris
    • Stanley L. Kirtley
    • John W. Logan, Jr (deceased)

    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.

  • VISION

    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.

    We instill pride and add value to our members which cause them to want to give back to NSBE in order to produce a continuum of success. NSBE sets the standard of excellence in providing services to science and engineering students. We maximize our potential collectively to facilitate the development of quality Black engineers. We are advancing a cultural paradigm which inspires the Black community to achieve greater engineering and scientific feats than ever before.

  • OBJECTIVES

    •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

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    FUTURE

    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.

National Directives

Develop, Improve, Empower, & Impact

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Team

NSBE 2015 Executive Board

Chineze Oski

President

MAJOR:
Industrial Engineering
BIO:
I was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and I am the youngest of two children. I have been apart of the NSBE family for 3 years.
ROLE:
As the president, I focus primarily on leadership and networking. By working together with the Executive Board, I am able to help build our chapter’s brand, aid in planning exciting events, and carry out the NSBE mission.
HOBBIES
In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with friends, watching documentaries, dancing and going to concerts. NSBE has been an integral piece of my college experience. I gained lifelong friendships, built my career network and received numerous resources through my chapter.

Edward Vaughn

External Vice President

MAJOR:
Aeronautical Engineering
BIO:
I'm from the south side of Chicago. I'm the second oldest of four children. I'm a 5th year student and a graduating senior! As the External Vice President, I'm primarily the director of alumni affairs and membership funding for the organization. I keep the connection between alumni of NSBE and the undergraduate members alive and thriving through collaborative events between the two groups. I also garner funds for members to attend our annual conferences!
HOBBIES:
My ultimate hobby is playing my guitar. It's truly my passion and I could do it all day everyday! I also like to do gymnastics floor tumbling and I'm active in my fraternity. Maybe a tad bit too active. Last but not least, I'm always learning either through books or random digressive web surfing. .

Chineze Okosi

Internal Vice President

MAJOR:
Industrial Engineering
BIO:
Hola! My name is Chineze Ifeoma Okosi,anticipated Industrial Engineering major,and the NSBE UIUC secretary. I was born in Nigeria to a family of 7 and later on moved to the United States.
HOBBIES:
Throughout my entire life I have been described as an effervescent individual with a knack for sports,music,adventure,and creating new things. As a member of the Executive Board, I plan to bring freshness and excitement to the table all the while making strides to ensure that UIUC is Chapter of the Year...again.

Marshall Johnson

Treasurer

MAJOR:
Mechanical Engineering
BIO:
I am a senior in Mechanical Engineering from Oak Park, IL. I plan on pursuing a graduate degree in either Material Engineering or Biomechanics after I graduate this spring.
HOBBIES:
I am also currently the Treasurer for NSBE. Outside of school, I really like to be in the company of good family and friends.

Kyra White

Secretary

MAJOR:
Civil Engineering
BIO:
I am 19 years old. I am currently a Sophomore. I went to Thornridge High School in Dolton, Illinois. I love NSBE because of the family environment and the unlimited love and support from everyone.
HOBBIES:
I enjoy getting chocolate Oreo milkshakes from Ikenberry Dining Hall. I also enjoy coming to the NSBE Office for my daily "chill" or "nap" time in between classes.

Lyric Winston

Information Services

MAJOR:
Mathematics and Computer Science
BIO:
I am from Chicago, Illinois, and I am a sophmore majoring in mathematics and computer science. As Information Services, my job is to make sure the website stays up, and up to date with our chapters with things like events and etc.
HOBBIES:
I enjoy listening to music, finding different shows to watch on tv, and watch or go out to see movies with my friends and my family.

Jordan Blake Banks

Public Relations

MAJOR:
Chemical Engineering
BIO:
I am from St. Louis, MO and am a sophomore studying chemical engineering. As public relations chair, I organize general body meetings and reach out to companies to acquire sponsorship for our enrichment and development programs.
HOBBIES:
I like to keep busy by engaging in a variety of fulfilling activities such as researching in a solar energy lab, serving in my residence hall council, and working one-on-one with a special needs boy at my church. Additionally, I am actively involved in Society of Women Engineers and Intervarsity Christian Fellowship.

Joshua Lewis

Academic Excellence

MAJOR:
Electrical Engineering
BIO:
I am from Homewood, Illinois and am an inter-colegiate transfer student from the Division of General Studies. I transferred into Electrical Engineering at the beginning of my sophomore year. I will be studying abroad next semester (Spring 2016) in Argentina. I plan on declaring a minor in Spanish in the future.
HOBBIES:
SI am quite involved in a Christian Fellowship group here on Campus called Intervarsity and help organize events within the community such as bible studies. A large part of my leisure time is spent going to church, hanging out with friends, or sleeping, which is probably my favorite activity.

Ifunanya Obidi

Pre-Collegiate Initiative Chair

MAJOR:
Civil and Environmental Engineering
BIO:
I am a sophomore, anticipated Civil Engineer major and the Pre-Collegiate Chair for NSBE UIUC. I was born and raised in Chicago, Il.
HOBBIES:
In my spare time I like to read and watch documentaries as well as interacting with all the other organizations on campus. I love interacting with people and lending a helping hand.

Kamau Haymon

Pre-Collegiate Initiative Chair

MAJOR:
Mechanical Engineering
BIO:
I am from Chicago. I'm majoring in Mechanical engineer. My role is to organize the HSV. My partner, Ifunanya and I, try to pick the most fun and informative activities for visiting high schoolers to peak their interest in engineering and above all the University of Illinois.
HOBBIES:
I am especially interested in product development, design and inventing.

Melanie Daugherty

Nsbe Junior Chair

MAJOR:
Materials Science and Engineeering
BIO:
Hi, my name is Melanie Daugherty. I am a Senior at the University of Illinois majoring in Materials Science and Engineeering. I've done internships and research in the biotechnology industry and have held multiple positions within NSBE.
HOBBIES:
I enjoy reading, conversing with friends, writing, learning new things and meeting new people. One of the things I love about nsbe is that we get to interact with each other and positively impact the community together.

Catherine-Alice Beauboeuf

Historian

MAJOR:
Civil Engineering
BIO:
I grew up in Haiti as the youngest of four children, and I moved to Chicago four years ago. Although I loved the tropical climate back home, I grew to love the Windy City. I am getting my B.S. in December, and I can wait to start working on bridges!
HOBBIES:
I enjoy trying exhilarating activities like skydiving, white water rafting, zip lining, and more. I also enjoy team sports activities and having a great time with friends.

Leroy Cook

Tech Chair

MAJOR:
Computer Engineering
BIO:
I was born and raised on the West-side of the city in Chicago. I enjoy Marvel movies. Iron Man is my inspiration. One day I hope to be able to create my own suit. I enjoy taking things apart and doing personal projects.
HOBBIES:
In my free time I tend to play Billiards or Roller Skate. Many people confuse Roller Skating with Roller Blading. Roller skates wheels are set like a car's wheel set not inline.

Naoki Tsuda

Senator

MAJOR:
Computer Engineering
BIO:
I am a sophomore majoring in Aerospace Engineering and double minoring in International Engineering with French Studies and Music. I am one of the two senators this year.
HOBBIES:
I like to play basketball, play the piano, and play electric bass guitar as well! I am also starting a startup with three other people making bike jackets!

Wami Ogunbi

Senator

MAJOR:
Civil Engineering
BIO:
I am a junior, and I am majoring in civil engineering. I am one of the two senators this year.
HOBBIES:
I am one of the two senators this year. I like to play basketball and to relax with friends during my spare time.

Shelana Martin

Community Service Chair

MAJOR:
Astrophysics
BIO:
I am majoring in astronomy with a concentration in astrophysics and I am a sophomore.
HOBBIES:
I love to watch movies and star gaze on my spare time. My dream is to work for NASA and possibly get a chance to fly up to space.

Shareefah Williams

Programs Chair

MAJOR:
Computer Science
BIO:
I am from Markham, Illinois, and I am a transfer student from Prairie State Community College where I graduated with my Associates. I recently become a ITI Illinois Cyber Security Scholar, and once I graduate, I will work for the government for two years.
HOBBIES:
I enjoy going back home and performing with my Double Dutch Team. For six years, I competitively played jump rope and was able to have some pretty cool experiences such as performing on the Steve Harvey Show, Windy City Chicago with Mike Tyson, the Apollo Stage, and all the major news Channels in Chicago. Once I graduate, I cannot wait to see where this Computer Science degree will take me.

Learn more about the Executive Board by reading their bios, sending them an emails, and looking at their linkedIn accounts.

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