Mission Statement

The mission of the National Society of Black Engineers is, “to increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community.”



National professional organization

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 2014, NSBE-AE has been rebranded to NSBE Professionals.

greater philadelphia professionals

The Greater Philadelphia Professionals Chapter (GPPC) was chartered in February 1989 as one of the first chapters for NSBE alumni/professionals. Since its inception, the chapter has developed annual programs that support the minority and professional communities in the Philadelphia area. The chapter has provided a variety of technical and professional seminars, performed student outreach activities, hosted community service events, and awarded scholarships to college students pursuing degrees in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics). GPPC is part of Region 2 and works closely with the collegiate chapters in Region 2 that comprise the “Danger Zone” (Southeastern Pennsylvania & Delaware).