National Society of Black Engineers

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National Society of Black Engineers
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Founded: 1980
Recognition: ABC
Membership: 98
Executive Board: 18
Category: Pre-professional

The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is an engineering student group which supports engineering students in their professional development. Every action the club takes is directed by the National Organization's mission statement: "to increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community". In addition to professional development, NSBE participates in community service and leisure activities. The group also participates in the annual Zone, Regional and National NSBE conventions.

Membership and Recognition

NSBE is recognized by the Activities Board at Columbia and receives additional support from the Engineering Student Council.

In addition to engineers and Black students, NSBE has members from Columbia College and people of all races. Members include first-years through seniors. Our members go on to work for a number of companies including: Proctor & Gamble, Boeing, J.P. Morgan, Microsoft, Amazon, Morgan Stanley, and many more.

General Body Meetings

General Body Meetings take place Wednesdays at 8 pm West Ramp Lounge in Alfred Lerner Hall. Every meeting starts by the whole group saying the mission statement as a group. Topics of the meetings cover the gambit including: finding an internship, surviving the corporate environment, getting into graduate school, finding a job, and many other similar topics. There are also meetings focussed on discussion and leisurely games to relieve stress and discuss pressures members are feeling.


Pre-College Initiative

According to the national website "the Pre-College Initiative (PCI) Program is designed to stimulate the interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields, or STEM. NSBE's goal is to encourage students in grades K–12 to attend college and pursue technical degrees".

The Columbia chapter supports this mission by tutoring high school students and members of nearby NSBE Junior chapters, in particular from the Bronx Engineering and Technology Academy.


The Technical Out Reach Community Help or T.O.R.C.H. program is designed to serve the community by volunteering time to train community in the use of computers and other technology.

Also falling under the umbrella of TORCH is the annual event titled "A Walk for Education". During this event, NSBE partners with CCNY's chapter of NSBE to reach out to Harlem students and encourage them to pursue a career in STEM.

2014-2015 Executive Board

Elected Positions

  • President: Deborah Owolabi
  • Vice-President Internal: Temitope Tuby-Lukan
  • Vice President External: Gabriella Gilbert
  • Treasurer: Cynthia Roberts
  • Secretary: Ayana Dawkins
  • Programs Chair: Kareem Stanley

Appointed Positions

  • Academic Excellence Chair: Akachi Ukwu
  • Membership Chair: Korey Petgrave
  • Professional Relations Char: Ashley Bell
  • PCI Chair: Olachi Oleru
  • Senator: David Boucard
  • Senator: Stephanie Severe
  • Telecommunications Chair: Amber Ferrell
  • TORCH Chair: Tolu Akinade


  • 2014-2015: Deborah Owolabi
  • 2013-2014: Carlos Barksdale
  • 2012-2013: Courtney Tatum
  • 2011-2012: Fatima Dicko
  • 2010-2011: Lawrence Morris
  • 2009-2010: Paula Bennett
  • 2008-2009: Ken Yearwood
  • 2007-2008: Christian Senu
  • 2006-2007: Makini Byron
  • 2005-2006: Anita Moore

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