National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
To increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excell academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community. NSBE meets every Monday from 8pm-9pm in Girvets halls room 2138. NSBE's study hours are held in the same room Monday through Thursday from 7pm-10pm.
The History of NSBE
In 1971, two Purdue undergraduate students, Edward Barnette (now deceased) and Fred Cooper approached the dean of engineering at Purdue University with the concept of starting the Black Society of Engineers (BSE). They wanted to establish a student organization to help improve the recruitment and retention of black engineering students. In the late 1960’s, a devastating 80 percent of the black freshmen entering the engineering program dropped out. The dean agreed to the idea and assigned the only black faculty member on staff, Arthur J. Bond, as advisor.