Northwestern’s National Society of Black Engineers Named ‘Large Chapter of the Year’

The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) has recognized Northwestern’s chapter as its region’s “Large Chapter of the Year,” noting the group’s outstanding work in community outreach, academics, and professional development.

Northwestern is part of NSBE’s Region IV, an area that includes five states: Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. It qualifies as a “large” chapter, one with 40 or more members.

Northwestern stood out for its effort in re-establishing a NSBE Junior chapter at Evanston Township High School; its creation of the Engineering Interaction Fair, an open-campus day of engineering-related activities for minority students ages 8 to 14; its NSBE Study Hall program, a study session for Northwestern students held on campus each Sunday; mentorship programs; and other activities.

“All of these programs helped NSBE-NU distinguish itself from the other chapters in the region,” said NSBE student member Godfrey Tillett.

The award was conferred at NSBE’s 38th Annual Convention, which was held March 28 to April 1 in Pittsburgh, Penn.

With more than 29,900 members, NSBE is one of the largest student-governed organizations in the country. It strives to “increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, success professionally and positively impact the community,” its mission states.