To increase the number of culturally responsible Black Engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.
NSBE was founded in 1975 at Purdue University and later incorporated in 1976 in Austin Texas as a Non Profit organization. The 1st National Conference was held at Purdue University with 48 students in attendance. At this conference, the national symbol was chosen, a draft of the 1st constitution was created and the name of the organization was changed from the Society of Black Engineers (SBE) to the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). The organization was also structured into 6 geographical regions. The NSBE Indianapolis Professionals were created at the 1989 NSBE National Conference.
The Torch in the NSBE Logo symbolizes the everlasting, burning desire to achieve success in a competitive society and positively affect the quality of life for all people. The Lightning bolt represents the striking impact that will be felt by society and industry as a result of contributions and achievements made by NSBE. Anthony Harris created the symbol of the torch and lightening bolts, originally with the initials “SBE”. Harris summarized the mission in the tag line “Dedicated to a better tomorrow.”