NSBE was incorporated in 1976 as a non-profit organization and is one of the largest student-run organizations in the world. The mission of NSBE is to increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.
NSBE's symbol, the torch, symbolizes our everlasting burning desire to achieve success in this competitive society and to affect a positive change on the quality of life for all people. The lightning bolt represents the striking impact that will be felt by the Society and industry due to the contributions and accomplishments made by dedicated members of the National Society of Black Engineers.
Our activities at UTSI-NSBE closely follow the National and Regional Directives, which are as follows for the 2002-2003 year:
Supplemental Regional Directives
UTSI-NSBE was founded by UTSI Industrial Engineering master's student Michelle Wise in 1991. The chapter has always been small, with its membership rarely - if ever - exceeding ten. This is because UTSI is an extremely small and remote engineering graduate school with a small student population. Throughout its history, UTSI-NSBE's membership has included 100% of the UTSI African-American population. With rare exception, most African students who attend UTSI also join UTSI-NSBE.
With such a small chapter, one might think UTSI-NSBE's contributions are minimal. That could not be further from the truth. UTSI-NSBE is one of the most - if not the most - active student organization at UTSI and has the greatest community impact of any UTSI student organization. Our Black History Month program is one of the major Black cultural activities in the Coffee/Franklin county area. UTSI-NSBE is equally aggressive in its NSBE impact, having played a major role in the NSBE Senate for the past several years. UTSI-NSBE also took the lead in the TORCH program and had the first operational TORCH program in the Society.
Given that a typical NSBE chapter executive board is larger than the UTSI Black student population, it is a foregone conclusion that every UTSI-NSBE member who is willing to hold one holds one or more leadership positions in the chapter. As such, UTSI-NSBE is an excellent environment for membership leadership development.
UTSI-NSBE Chapter Presentation - A brief sampling of our contribution to the NSBE mission.
UTSI-NSBE Chapter Awards
Region 3 Small Chapter of the Year, 2001, 2003 (potentially - pending NEB acceptance of UTSI-NSBE charter)
NSBE Technical Book Drive - Most books for a Region 3 chapter, 2001
Federal Express Academic Excellence Award, 1999
NSBE National Site * NSBE Region 3