About NSBE Montgomery Professionals

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NSBE Montgomery Professionals Executive Board 2023-2024

Al Thomas, President

Rodney Zeigler, President-Elect

Rodney Zeigler, Treasurer

Kalen Mumford, Secretary

Kenny Robinson, Parliamentarian

Adam Sumbry, President Emeritus

Kenny Robinson, Delegate

Sonja Favors, Delegate

Rodney Zeigler, Programs Chair

LaTasha Merchant, Telecommunications Chair

Tamaria McAlpin, PCI (Pre-Collegiate Initiative) Chair

Earnest Colvin, Scholarship Chair

Kalen Mumford, Membership Chair

Rodney Zeigler, Fundraising Chair

NSBE Montgomery Professionals History

National Society of Black Engineers Montgomery Professionals (NSBE-MP) Chapter is the Montgomery, Alabama chapter of a national organization of minority professionals educated and working in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

NSBE-MP was founded in November 2001. A total of thirteen individuals with various engineering and technical disciplines came together in agreement and vowed to inform, teach, and educate others (especially our youth) on the importance of academic and professional development. With this determination and goal the NSBE-MP was chartered on February 19, 2002.

As a local chapter of NSBE, we are committed to increasing the number of culturally responsible Black Engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.


NSBE Mission

NSBE's mission is "to increase the number of culturally responsible Black Engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community."

NSBE History

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 1960s, 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.

Barnett served as the first president of the BSE. The fledging group gained momentum in 1974, with the direction and encouragement of Bond and the active participation of the young men whose destiny was to become the founders of NSBE. Now known as the "Chicago Six", these men are Anthony Harris, Brian Harris, Stanley L. Kirtley, John W. Logan, Jr., Edward A. Coleman, and George A. Smith.

Encouraged by their on-campus success, Anthony Harris, president of the Purdue chapter, wrote a letter to the presidents and deans of every accredited engineering program in the country (288), explained the Society of Black Engineers (SBE) concept and asked them to identify black student leaders, organizations and faculty members who might support their efforts on a national basis. Approximately 80 schools responded. Many had similar Black student organizations with similar objectives. A date was set for the first national meeting and 48 students representing 32 schools attended the event, held April 10-12, 1975. Harris also changed the organizations' nomenclature from the BSE to the Society of Black Engineers (SBE).

It was at that historic meeting through majority vote, that SBE became the National Society of Black Engineers. The familiar NSBE symbol "N" with lightning bolts was chosen and it remains a distinctively recognizable symbol representing the premier technical organization for African American engineering students and professionals. NSBE was eventually incorporated in Texas, in 1976 as a non-profit organization. John Cason, also of Purdue, served as the first elected president of NSBE. As the organization grew, Virginia Booth became the first female National Chairperson and the first to serve two terms 1978-1980.

NSBE has since grown from six to over 30,000 members and the annual meeting has blossomed into an annual National Convention, hosting over 8,000 attendees. NSBE has over 270 student and 50 professional chapters. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., NSBE offers academic excellence programs, scholarships, leadership training, professional development and access to career opportunities for thousands of members annually. With over 2,000 elected leadership positions, 12 regional conferences and an annual convention, NSBE provides opportunities for success that remain unmatched by any other organization.