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.


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.


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.


Where It All Started

  • 1971


    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


    “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.


    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.


    •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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    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.

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NSBE 2014 Executive Board

Terrance Phillips


Industrial Engineering
I was born and raised in Chicago Illinois, and I am the eldest of three children. Before I transferred to UIUC, I attained my Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from Harold Washington College.
focuses 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.
In my free time I enjoy going to the gym, photography, music, and going out with friends.
What I really like about NSBE is the fact that anyone who becomes involved has the opportunity to make a difference. I’ve been wanting to come to UIUC since I was 17 and now that I’m here, it’s like a dream come true.

Tawa Sulaiman

External Vice President

Civil Engineering
I am 19 years old and a senior. I was born in Chicago but my hometown is Lagos, Nigeria where I spent high school and part of middle school. While at U of I, I studied abroad in England the Summer of 2013 and had an amazing experience travelling around Europe
I have also been involved with other societies while at UIUC such as Concrete Canoe, Chi Epsilon Honors Society and US Green Building Council. I love being apart of my NSBE family because of the great people I've met and the positive impact we make in the community in advancing the presence of African Americans in the engineering field. During my free time I like hanging out with friends, watching movies and shows such as Hawaii Five O, Fosters, Vampire Diaries, The Originals, and Breaking Bad. .

Kenya Ansah

Internal Vice President

Electrical Engineering
I am from Chicago, IL and currently studying Electrical Engineering here at the university.
I am from Chicago, IL and currently studying Electrical Engineering here at the university. My main goal as secretary is too keep communication flowing effectively throughout the entire chapter. If you have ever received any of our emails, that was me! One thing that I love about NSBE is definitely the wide variety of personalities that our members bring to the table. My NSBE family has definitely shaped my college experience thus far. In addition, my favorite thing about UIUC is the diversity and endless opportunities that are at the reach our fingertips. In my free time I enjoy sleeping, reading, knitting, arts and crafts and Netflix. .

Cody Bailey


Civil Engineering
Currently, I am a senior in Civil Engineering here at the UIUC. My primary focus is Structures and my secondary is Construction Management.
I am also currently the Treasurer for NSBE. Outside of school, I really like to draw, play football and be in the company of good family and friends.

Chineze Ifeoma Okosi


Industrial Engineering
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.
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 .

Shareefah Williams

Information Services

Computer Science
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.
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.

Brittany Miriki

Public Relations

Mechanical Engineering
I'm from Chicago, IL and I am a 20 year old Senior studying Mechanical Engineering. I am responsible for the chapter's corporate networking and organizing the general body meetings.
I love NSBE because whether you are active in just you chapter or on the national level it always feels like a family. You can meet a lot of people and make tons of friends. I love UIUC because of its diversity and the pride that comes along with being apart of the Illini community. Also, companies love to hire engineers from our school.

Shukarut Sulaiman

Academic Excellence

Chemistry MINOR: Biomolecular Engineering
I am 19 years old and a senior majoring in Chemistry and minor in in Biomolecular Engineering.
Some of my other UIUC activities include Alpha Chi Sigma Chemistry Fraternity and Liberal Arts and Sciences Council. During my free time, I love reading novels and watching tv. I love being apart of the NSBE family.

Kyra Grant

Pre-Collegiate Initiative Chair

General Engineering
Concentration: Quality Control
Whether it's tutoring, mentoring or just lending a hand, I love to help others! I also enjoy dancing and watching documentaries.

Calvin Smith


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

Hadiya Harris

Nsbe Junior Chair

Industrial Engineering
I'm originally from Belleville, IL. I'm a senior majoring in industrial engineering with a secondary track option in economics and finance.
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.

Paul Shih


Civil Engineering
I am a sophomore currently studying civil engineering with an interest in transportation and am from the San Francisco Bay Area. My role is to document the various activities and programs that NSBE hosts and provide updates on them through social media channels.
In my spare time, I like to try my hands at new things and learning new skills, be it cooking, sports, or just tinkering with stuff. I also enjoy finding documentaries on things I never knew existed as well as reading up on the constant new discoveries happening in the world since this world truly never ceases to amaze.

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

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