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about nsbe

The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), with more than 29,000 members, is one of the largest student-governed organizations in the country. Founded in 1975, NSBE now includes more than 394 College, Pre-College and Technical Professional/Alumni chapters in the US and abroad, with its World Headquarters in Alexandria, VA. These chapters are divided into six geographical regions. With programs meant to assist students at the pre-college, collegiate and alumni level, NSBE has accomplished more for the black engineering community than any other organization in the world. The new and innovative project ideas are generated and implemented throughout the year on the chapter, regional and national levels.

Founded in 1978, the USC chapter of NSBE continues to follow the national structure by channeling our efforts into the following programs:

  • Academic Excellence – Study nights, Major of the Month Series, Lab Tours
  • Pre-College Initiative – Community Service, Mentorship Programs
  • Membership Incentive Program – Recognition & Awards for active members

As an official member organization of the Center for Engineering Diversity (CED), we work closely with SHPE, SWE, MEGA, and QuEST to foster unity within the engineering community. When we are not focusing on academics, we also like to host social events, such as skate & game nights, tailgates, and much more! Please feel free to search our website for more details.


Mission & Objectives

NSBE's national mission is “to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.”

At USC, our chapter aims to promote an expansive, ethnically diverse network of students pursuing STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) degrees. Our objectives include:

  1. Stimulate and develop student interest in the various engineering disciplines
  2. Strive to increase the number of minority students studying engineering at both the undergraduate and graduate levels
  3. Encourage members to seek and advise minority youth in their pursuit of an engineering career
  4. Promote public awareness of engineering and the opportunities for Blacks & other minorities in that profession.
  5. Function as a representative body on issues and developments that affect the careers of black engineers.