NATIONAL SOCIETY OF BLACK ENGINEERS
The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) association owned and managed by its members. NSBE offers member's professional development, leadership training, mentoring opportunities, and community service and outreach programs. The organization is dedicated to the success of African American engineering students and professionals.
Since 1975, the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) has become one of the largest student-run organizations in the world. The formation of the National Society of Black Engineers Professionals dates back to 1980, when NSBE alumni presented a proposal to the NSBE student membership to include an alumni sector in the organization. Although the Alumni Extension (AE) was not accepted at that time, the effort initiated a multi-year process to create NSBE-AE. In March 1988, at NSBE's 14th Annual National Conference, the NSBE membership approved the proposal to include the Alumni Extension as an operating entity of NSBE. The addition of the AE to the overall NSBE structure not only promotes participation and input from the professional engineering community, but also provides a mechanism for NSBE graduating seniors to continue their involvement with the organization.
In March 1988, at NSBE's 14th Annual Conference, the organization approved the adoption of the NSBE Alumni Extension (NSBE-AE). This addition to the overall NSBE structure not only promoted the participation and the input from the professional engineering community, but also provided a mechanism for NSBE graduating seniors to continue their involvement with the organization. In 2014, NSBE-AE has been rebranded to NSBE Professionals.
THE GREATER PHILADELPHIA PROFESSIONALS
The Greater Philadelphia Professionals Chapter (GPC) was chartered in February 1989. Since its inception, GPC has developed annual programs, which support the minority and professional communities in the Philadelphia area. The GPC operates in Region 2 and has close ties to Region 1 and support The chapter has also provided a variety of technical and professional seminars; tutoring programs for Philadelphia area schools, food and clothing to homeless families, and scholarships to college students pursuing engineering and science related degrees. Currently, the chapter has an outreach of over 250 engineers, scientists and technical professionals. GPC supports and works closely with the 10 collegiate chapters of the DANGERZONE and two NSBE Jr. chapters in the Greater Philadelphia Area.
Originally created as an organization for students, the National Society of Black Engineers Professionals (NSBE-Professionals) now boast a strong and growing corps of committed professionals in over 75 chapters nationally. The goals of the NSBE-AE organization are to promote technical expertise, professionalism, and fellowship amongst studying and practicing engineers, technical professionals, and scientist. In NSBE-Professionals, one can hone professional skills while making a significant social contribution.