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Students Build Diverse Pipelines to STEM Careers

SDSU Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)



The pipeline to careers in the Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) field can sometimes be daunting. The task of maintaining good grades, connecting to professional mentors, pursuing challenging research projects and internships can be overwhelming for some students. The SDSU Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) has a rich history of academic excellence, leadership development and career preparation. Their diversity pipeline to careers in STEM continuously builds on excellence. Founded in 1975, the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) was established on the concept of helping to improve the recruitment and retention of African American engineering students. Their symbol of the torch represents their members’ everlasting and burning desire to achieve success in a competitive society and positively affect the quality of life for all people. Their mission is “to increase the number of culturally responsible Black Engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.”


marqus patton “NSBE has changed my life by letting me get close to my roots as an African-American it has also helped me get involved in the community and be an inspiration to others that want to see a change as well. NSBE has also helped me make connections with corporations as well.” -Marqus Patton, Volunteers Chair for NSBE at SDSU

Students from the SDSU chapter of NSBE are committed to living their mission daily. Their members attend several national, regional, and local NSBE events throughout the year; providing opportunities to engage with STEM professionals, including but not limited to career fairs and leadership conferences. Members are mentored by NSBE Professional Chapter members and in turn mentor and tutor pre-collegiate students.

Several members have mentored students in the NSBE SEEK program. Locally, San Diego boasts one of the largest SEEK Camps (Summer Engineering Experience for Kids) in the nation. SEEK was developed to increase elementary school students aptitude in math, science, and any other interests in pursuing STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) career fields, by engaging them in interactive team-based engineering projects; therefore advancing STEM diversity.

NSBE members seek professional growth opportunities and pour knowledge back into the community. All ethnicities, engineering and non-engineering majors are welcomed to join NSBE! SDSU NSBE Website: