The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is a student-managed, non-profit organization committed to recruiting, retaining, and motivating its members to successfully obtain a college education. It is an organized support network for individuals typically under-represented in the engineering and science community. By implementing programs that promote academic excellence, personal growth, and career development, NSBE continues to increase the number of professionals committed to community development and prepared to successfully compete in technical surroundings.


NSBE was established in April 1975 by six African-American male students at Purdue University, and incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1976. Since that time, NSBE has developed into the largest student-managed organization consisting of over 30,000 members.


NSBE Torch

cropped-cropped-nsbelogo_color_withname21.pngThe NSBE torch symbolizes our everlasting burning desire to achieve success in the 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 Society and industry due to the contributions and accomplishments made by dedicated members of the National Society of Black Engineers.



The mission of the National Society of Black Engineers is “to increase the number of culturally responsible Black Engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.”



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.