Next week marks the beginning of Engineers’ Week. During this week, many programs featuring the different engineering departments will be hosting events throughout the campus.

Of particular interest, the UR branch of the National Society of Black Engineers will be co-sponsoring Career Day with the Career Center.

NSBE has over 10,000 members and is currently the largest student-managed organization in the country.

NSBE is comprised of more than 270 chapters on campuses throughout the United States. The UR chapter of NSBE is considered to be one of the smallest in the nation with a membership of 25 students.

Throughout the academic year, NSBE members have the opportunity to attend several conferences and conventions, giving them the opportunity to network with other university chapters. This past November, NSBE members attended the Fall Regional Conference.

NSBE is open to anyone who is interested. “You don’t have to be black, and you don’t have to be an engineer,” junior and Pre-College Initiative Co-Chair Andrella Hurley said.

Started in the spring of 1975, NSBE has helped countless minority students pursue their dream careers.

NSBE’s mission is to increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community, according to their Web site.

One of the most exciting events NSBE participates in is during the month of March. Members from across the nation get the chance to attend the NSBE National Convention.

This year, the convention will be held in Boston from March 23 to 27. This allows students and alumni to get the chance to communicate and network through conferences and lectures.

“This is a very exciting time for NSBE members,” Hurley said. “We all learn, meet people and have fun at the same time.”

On Feb. 23, NSBE will be co-sponsoring the newly revamped Career Day. During this day, companies will be on campus searching for potential employees.

“We’re trying to get minorities to come, hand in resumes and meet representatives from companies,” Hurley said.

Buitrago can be reached at jbuitrago@campustimes.org.



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