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.
The National Society of Black Engineers strive to accomplish the following objectives for our organization:
Stimulate and develop student interest in the various engineering disciplines.
Strive to increase the number of minority students studying engineering at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Encourage members to seek advanced degrees in engineering or related fields and to obtain professional engineering registrations.
Promote public awareness of engineering and the opportunities for Blacks and other minorities in that profession.
Function as a representative body on issues and developments that affect the careers of Black Engineers.
Black Girls Do Science is a workshop for African-American girls in the surounding area. The goal of the event is to encourage more black women—who make up only about two percent of U.S. scientists and engineers—to consider the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields when choosing a career.
The “Black Girls Do Science (BGDS)” event which will host 4th – 8th grade girls on the University of Iowa campus in the College of Engineering for hands-on science activities. The BGDS team is led by the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) with participation from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (AKA), Delta Sigma Theta Sororities Incorporated (DST), the College of Medicine Society (CMS), and the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE).
Some 70 elementary school girls learned that using Vaseline and Kool Aid to make lip gloss can be educational and fun when they participated in “Black Girls Do Science,” a one-day camp for girls in grades 4-8 held April 12 at the University of Iowa College of Engineering.
The girls also used liquid nitrogen to make ice cream, and they did introductory computer coding. The event was planned and conducted by current UI engineering students who developed the idea last year and have made it into an annual event.
The goal of the event was to encourage more black women—who make up only about two percent of U.S. scientists and engineers—to consider the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields when choosing a career.