Student Group Spotlight: National Society of Black Engineers


The National Society of Black Engineers is one of the largest student-governed organizations in the country. Founded in 1975, NSBE includes more than 394 colleges, pre-colleges, and technical professional/alumni chapters in the United States and abroad. The organization is dedicated to the academic and professional success of African-American engineering students and professionals. NSBE offers its members leadership training, professional development, mentoring opportunities, career placement services and more. 

The CWRU NSBE chapter leads workshop sessions for the local junior chapter that meets once a month on campus. The high school students that participate are from all around the Greater Cleveland area. Topics during these workshops include personal branding and college essay writing preparations. NSBE holds general body meetings that range from resume workshops, networking with alumni, campus events and team building activities. In addition, NSBE collaborates with other engineering organizations and student groups on campus, including the Society of Women Engineers on the annual faculty appreciation dinner, which gives NSBE an opportunity to interact and connect with professors outside of class. NSBE also collaborates with the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers for “A Walk for Education,” a college readiness program designed to reach out specifically to high school students within the community. 

Bonnie Worthy, student advisor for NSBE for the past eight years says, “It is my honor to serve as student advisor for the National Society of Black Engineers, and I enjoy the time that I have to engage with the students. I truly believe in NSBE and the potential of the organization to influence cultural change within our communities. As members of the National Society of Black Engineers, they pride themselves on their academic accomplishments and their efforts to increase the number of dedicated and bright Case engineers. They are one of many Case student organizations that will apply themselves to help others along the way.”