The Essence of NSBE

Dive in to discover the heartbeat of our organization, unravel our inspiring mission, and witness the transformative impact we’re making in the Black engineering community and beyond.

Leadership

Letters From the NSBE Leadership

    Taylor Scott
    National Chair 2024 – 2025

    Janeen Uzzell

    Janeen Uzzell
    Chief Executive Officer

    Hello NSBE Family,

    My name is Taylor Scott, and I am elated and ecstatic to serve you all as the 2024-25 National Chair for the National Society of Black Engineers. I was born and raised in Region V (Houston, Texas and Shreveport, LA) but attended and currently attend school in the Mother Region, Region IV. I received my Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor and am working towards my Master of Science degree in Cosmetic Science from the University of Cincinnati. I am also a working professional at Procter & Gamble as a Research & Development Process Engineer based out of the Greater Cincinnati area.

    As National Chair, I have the esteemed honor of guiding the direction of the Society for this term and leading the Society into its 50th anniversary. Because of this, my overarching goal for the year is to forge a golden future for the organization. To do this, we are strategically fortifying our Society so that we can continue to uphold the mission in this landscape. Partnering with organizations that help us amplify the work we do helps with that goal. Examples of these efforts include revamping our programming to serve our various demographics and our website to concretely convey our offerings to you, as members, and the world at-large. While national and regional leadership are working tirelessly to achieve this goal, we also need your help as members. We all play a crucial role in ensuring our organization remains the largest epicenter of Black STEM talent. 

    I look forward to interacting with you all this year and cannot wait to celebrate our 50th anniversary in Chicago for the 2025 Annual Convention.

    With NSBE Love,
    Taylor Scott

    Dear NSBE Members,

    My passion for this organization and my role serving as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) keeps me focused on each of you every single day. As the largest Black engineering and STEM community, we continue to make impactful strides in society and industry. It is an honor to work alongside such an incredible, dynamic, and dedicated group of individuals who are committed to advancing the field of engineering and uplifting our communities.

    As a thought leader and advocate for social justice, I am passionate about addressing inequality in tech spaces and creating opportunities for others. Outside of work, I enjoy playing tennis and spending quality time with my family and friends.

    I look forward to collaborating with you all to further NSBE’s mission of increasing the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community.

    Warm regards,
    Janeen Uzzell
    CEO, NSBE

History

The African American engineering students who came to Purdue University in the early 1970s were small in number, but they came with big dreams. The Civil Rights Movement had brought progress but also unfulfilled promises of social and economic equality. Aspiring Black Engineers at Purdue wanted to see more of their people and their communities empowered by knowledge of STEM.
Purdue undergraduates Edward Barnette Jr. and Fred Cooper teamed with their faculty advisor, Arthur Bond, Ph.D., to launch a campus organization, the Black Society of Engineers (BSE), in 1971. For the next four years, the work of this student group helped significantly increase the recruitment and retention of Black engineering scholars at Purdue.
In 1973, under the leadership of six close-knit Purdue engineering students from Chicago — Edward A. Coleman, Anthony Harris, Brian Harris, Stanley L. Kirtley, John W. Logan Jr. and George A. Smith — the BSE changed its name to the Society of Black Engineers (SBE) and a year later launched an effort to create a national organization to increase the number of Blacks in the engineering profession across the U.S. Letters of invitation mailed nationwide by the SBE drew 134 students from 28 schools to a gathering on April 10–12, 1975, at Purdue, where the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) was established.

    We are NSBE

Mission

To increase the number of culturally responsible Black Engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.

Vision

We envision a world in which engineering is a mainstream word in homes and communities of color, and all Black students can envision themselves as engineers. In this world, Blacks exceed parity in entering engineering fields, earning degrees, and succeeding professionally.

Who We Are

A beacon of excellence, the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) stands as one of the largest student-governed organizations based in the U.S. Founded in 1975, NSBE champions the dreams and ambitions of collegiate and pre-collegiate students, as well as technical professionals, in engineering and technology fields. Boasting more than 700 chapters and a membership exceeding 24,000 around the globe, NSBE advances a critical mission: “to increase the number of culturally responsible Black Engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community.”

With a legacy spanning 49 years, NSBE has birthed countless businesses, empowered corporate leaders, moved multitudes of engineers to graduation, and enriched STEM education for hundreds of thousands of K–12 students worldwide. In essence, NSBE members, chapters, and supporters are fervently committed to shaping a brighter future where Black excellence reigns supreme.

What We Do

At NSBE’s core, our programs form a thriving STEM pathway. Through leadership, technical and academic excellence, and mentoring, we uplift our community. Supporting NSBE cultivates a legacy of future leaders, innovators, and global citizens poised to make lasting positive impacts worldwide.

Our Impact

Each year, NSBE leaves a profound mark across various spheres. From the thousands of 3rd – 5th graders engaged in our national Summer Engineering Experience for Kids (SEEK) camps, to the 15,000 collegiate students honing their academic and technical skills, and the myriad of businesses led by our professionals daily, the impact of our organization is unmistakable. As trailblazers in shaping the future of Black Engineers and Blacks in STEM, NSBE stands at the forefront of positive change.

Our Objectives

The National Society of Black Engineers strives to accomplish the following objectives for our organization:

    Black Excellence Engineered