Where We Come From

The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is the largest student-run organization in the country with more than 15,000 members.

NSBE is comprised of more than 300 chapters on college and university campuses, 75 Alumni Extension chapters nationwide and 75 Pre-College chapters. These chapters are geographically divided into six regions.

NSBE had its genesis at a national conference planned and hosted by the Society of Black Engineers at Purdue University in April 1975. Black Engineering students from the United States and Canada attended the event. From this meeting of concerned students and educators, NSBE was born.

The NSBE 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.

The NSBE organization is divided into 6 Regions comprised of several collegiate and secondary school institutions per region. The United States Naval Academy Chapter represents Region II (Mid-Atlantic Coast Region) as part of the Terror Zone. We share membership in this region with such esteemed institutions as: George Washington; Johns Hopkins; University of Maryland; and Howard University.