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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 boasts more than 394 college, pre-college, and technical professional/alumni chapters in the US and abroad. These chapters are divided into six geographical regions. By assisting students at the collegiate, pre-college, and alumni level, NSBE has accomplished more for the black engineering community than any other organization in the world. Throughout the year, NSBE implements new and innovative ideas 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 – Mentorship Programs & Community Service
  • Membership Incentive Program – Recognition & Awards

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 game nights, tailgates, and much more! 


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 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.