The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) with more than 31,000 members, is the largest student-managed organization in the country.
NSBE is comprised of more than 233 chapters on college and university campuses, 65 Alumni Extension chapters nationwide and 89 Pre-College chapters. These chapters are geographically divided into six regions. NSBE-ODU is in Region 2.
Region 2 is comprised of:
- The O-Zone (chapters in VA excluding Northern VA),
- The Terror Zone (northern VA, DC, Maryland),
- The Comfort Zone (North Carolina & South Carolina),
- The Danger Zone (Eastern Pennsylvania & Delaware),
- The End Zone (Western Pennsylvania & West VA).
NSBE was founded at Purdue University in 1975 by six people: John Logan (deceased), Edward Coleman, George Smith, Stanley Kirtley (deceased), Brian Harris, and Anthony Harris. Their nickname is ‘The Chicago Six.’
The NSBE Torch symbolizes our everlasting burning desire to achieve success as engineers in our present society. The lightning bolts represent the striking impact that will be felt upon society and industry as a result of the contributions and achievements made by the National Society of Black Engineers.
NSBE Headquarters is located in Alexandria, VA. In 1975, the first National Conference was held at Purdue University. 48 students from 32 schools attended the conference. Five important things happened at this conference:
The National Symbol was chosen.
A rough draft of the National Constitution was written.
The organization was divided into six geographic regions.
The first National Chairperson was elected, John Cason.
The name for the group was selected, “The National Society of Black Engineers”
In 1976, NSBE was incorporated as a nonprofit organization in the State of Texas. NSBE also became recognized as a tax-exempt organization under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.