National Society Of Black Engineers To Host Its 46th Annual Convention

Wednesday, 19. August 2020 18:00

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Aug. 19, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Since its first iteration in 1975, the annual, organization-wide gathering of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) has been a powerful agent for change toward racial equity in STEM — science, technology, engineering and math. Countless Black professionals in engineering and other technical fields have credited their attendance at NSBE’s Annual Convention with giving them the motivation, academic support and professional development tools they needed to earn their academic degrees and move on to successful STEM careers.

This year, change is again the story, as NSBE presents its 46th Annual Convention, its first-ever Virtual Annual Convention, from Wednesday, Aug. 19 through Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020. More than 8,500 STEM students; technical professionals; and corporate, government and community leaders are expected to participate in the convention, which is designed with robust interactive features enabled by state-of-the-art technology to create a powerful, educational, career-enhancing, entertaining experience for attendees. Originally scheduled to be an in-person event in San Antonio, Texas, in March, NSBE’s 46th Annual Convention (#NSBE46) has been reimagined as an online event because of health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The theme of the convention is “#NSBE46: Engineering the Revolution.”

Founded 45 years ago by six engineering undergraduates and their faculty advisor at Purdue University, NSBE, with nearly 25,000 members, remains a college student-led organization dedicated to ending the underrepresentation of Black professionals in engineering. The Society’s main 10-year strategic goal is to partner with U.S. colleges and universities to increase the number of new Black engineers they produce to 10,000 annually, by 2025.

“NSBE’s student leadership has always embraced innovation and change to continue making a positive impact on STEM and the Black community,” said NSBE National Chair Jocelyn Jackson. “Facing the unprecedented challenge of a global pandemic, NSBE’s National Executive Board first made the bold decision to postpone the convention, in early March, then to transform it using the technology that many of us are mastering in our college and universities. We look forward to celebrating our annual ‘family reunion’ online this year, at this critical time in history, to uplift our membership and advance NSBE’s mission,” added Jackson, who is a doctoral student in engineering education research at the University of Michigan.

#NSBE46 will feature high-profile speakers, panel discussions, technical and career development workshops, networking sessions, training sessions for technical and scientific competitions, and the premier career fair geared toward African Americans in STEM. The culminating event, the 23rd Annual NSBE Golden Torch Awards ceremony, will honor outstanding achievers in STEM and the community on Saturday, Aug. 22. Comedian, television host, actress, author and former electrical engineer Loni Love will host the awards ceremony.

Comedian/actress/producer Amanda Seales will join the convention on Friday, Aug. 21, as host of a Black history- and culture-themed show titled “Smart Funny & Black.”

The NSBE Annual Convention includes events and activities geared toward undergraduates in STEM fields, as well as three “mini-conferences” designed for the Society’s other membership demographics: the Pre-College Initiative (PCI) Conference, for elementary school, middle school and high school students; the Graduate School Conference (GSC) for current and prospective graduate students; and the Technical Professionals Conference (TPC) for STEM practitioners. The TPC is coordinated by NSBE Professionals, the 4,400-member organization for technical professional members of NSBE.

“We thank our many partners for investing in NSBE and helping make #NSBE46 possible,” said NSBE Executive Director Karl W. Reid, Ed.D. “Over the past several months, the United States and the world have spoken about social justice and systemic racism, and we have named the path forward as Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The support NSBE has received for our virtual event, from major employers, academic institutions, philanthropic organizations and others, is part of a broader strategy to turn their pledges into practice, and operationalizes our collective journey to create more equitable workplaces and communities.”

 

ABOUT NSBE
With more than 600 chapters and more than 24,000 active members in the U.S. and abroad, the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is one of the largest student-governed organizations based in the United States. NSBE, founded in 1975, supports and promotes the aspirations of collegiate and pre-collegiate students and technical professionals in engineering and technology. NSBE’s mission is “to increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.” For more information, visit www.nsbe.org and socialjustice.nsbe.org.

NSBE 46TH ANNUAL CONVENTION

FEATURED SPEAKERS

  • Dave Gitlin, Carrier President and CEO, Opening Session Keynote Speaker
  • Lee Jourdan, Chevron Chief Diversity Officer, General Session Keynote Speaker
  • Loni Love, The Real Cohost, NSBE Golden Torch Awards Host

 
CAREER FAIR EXHIBITORS

Listing is as of July 28, 2020. Information is subject to change. Updates are available in the NSBEGuide mobile app.

Boldface names are NSBE Board of Corporate Affiliates partners. Italic names are NSBE Affiliate partners.

ABB, Inc.

AECOM

Aerospace 

Air Force STEM

Air Products

Alcoa Corporation

Amazon

American Express

America’s Navy

Amgen

Amtrak

Apple Inc.

Applied Research Lab at Penn State (ARL/PSU)

Auburn University Samuel Ginn College of Engineering

Barr Engineering Company

Bechtel Corporation

Blue Origin

Boston University, College of Engineering

BP

Brown University

Cargill

Carnegie Mellon University

Carrier

Caterpillar Inc.

Central Intelligence Agency

Cerner Corporation

Chevron

Citrix

Clayco

Colorado School of Mines

Cornell Tech, Cornell University

Cornell University Civil and Environmental Engineering/Engineering Management

CoStar Group

Cummins Inc.

Danaher Corporation

Dell Inc.

Deloitte

Discover

Dow

Draper

DTE Energy

DuPont

Electric Power Research Institute

ExxonMobil

Facebook

FCA US LLC

Federal Aviation Administration

FedEx

FirstEnergy

FM Global

Ford Motor Company

GE 

General Dynamics

General Mills

General Motors

The George Washington University, School of Engineering and Applied Science

Gilbane Building Company

GitHub

Goldman Sachs

Google

Haley & Aldrich

Harvard Business School

Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

H-E-B

HollyFrontier Corporation

Honeywell

IBM

INROADS

Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA)

Intel

Iowa State University – College of Engineering

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering

Johnson & Johnson

Johnson Controls

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Kitty Hawk Corporation

L3Harris

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Leidos

Lilly

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

McKinsey & Company

Merck & Co., Inc.

Micron Technology 

Microsoft

Milwaukee Tool

MIT

MIT Leaders for Global Operations

MIT Lincoln Laboratory

MITRE

Motorola Solutions, Inc.

Mott MacDonald

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

National Science Foundation (NSF)

NI (formerly National Instruments)

Northrop Grumman Corporation

Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law

NVIDIA

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

The Ohio State University, College of Engineering

Oracle

Otis Elevator

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Pfizer

Phillips66

Philo

Qualcomm

Raytheon Technologies

Research in Germany

Rice University

Rockwell Automation

SADA

Sandia National Laboratories

Schneider Electric

Schrödinger

ServiceNow

Skyworks Solutions Inc.

SMART Scholarship Program

Snap Inc.

Society of Women Engineers

Stanford School of Engineering

Syracuse University College of Engineering and Computer Science

TE Connectivity 

Texas A&M University

Texas Instruments

Thales Defense & Security Inc.

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Trane Technologies

True Goal

Tufts University School of Engineering

Turner Construction

Twitter

UC Berkeley, School of Information

UCLA Center for Excellence in Engineering and Diversity

UCLA Women in Engineering (WE@UCLA)

University of California, Berkeley

University of California, Santa Barbara, Electrical and Computer Engineering

University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering

University of Pennsylvania

University of South Carolina College of Engineering and Computing

University of Virginia (UVA) Engineering

University of Washington Electrical Engineering Department

University of Washington Paul Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering

USAA

U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command

USC Viterbi School of Engineering

U.S. Department of State

Vanderbilt University School of Engineering

Verizon

Veson Nautical

Virginia Tech

Washington University in St. Louis

Wells Fargo

Whirlpool

Yext

CONVENTION PARTNERS

Listing is as of Aug. 10, 2020.

#NSBE46 Silver Partners

American Express

Blue Origin

Cargill

Citrix

DTE Energy

Facebook

McKinsey & Company

Micron Technology

NVIDIA

Pacific Gas & Electric Company

Pfizer

Schrödinger

Turner Construction Company

#NSBE46 Bronze Partners

H-E-B

Haley & Aldrich

Kitty Hawk Corporation

MITRE

Yext

Alexa Skill Building Workshop

Amazon

AWS Educate

Amazon

AWS Government Cloud and Panel Discussion

Amazon

  

General Session – Thursday

Chevron

 

General Session – Friday

Dell Technologies

 

Healthcare Industry and Academia Research Collaborations

BMES

 

“How to Competitively Apply to Graduate School”

Intel Corporation

 

“How to Fund (Graduate School Is Free!)”

Intel Corporation

 

“How to Interview at Amazon”

Amazon

 

Inside the Executive Suite

Honeywell

IPP Scholar Summit

Honeywell

NSBE Jr. Explorer Technical Innovations Competition

University of California, Santa Cruz

Opening Session

Carrier

“Sisters In Leadership” – Special Interest Group Session

Honeywell

 

“Voice From the Field” Graduate Student Panel”

Intel Corporation

 

Whiteboarding: How to Facilitate Dialogues as a Differentiator to PowerPoint

Trane Technologies

 

“Why Graduate School?”

Intel Corporation

 

 

 

 

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Yvette Watson
National Society of Black Engineers
703-966-6793
ywatson@nsbe.org
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