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NSBE Chapter Revived!
CSET would like to welcome the Mankato chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers back to our campus.
NSBE is back on campus! The National society of Black Engineers, or NSBE (Nez - bee), is a professional club dedicated to enabling students to develop the professional skills they need to get internships and jobs and connecting the students with those positions. This group teaches students how to professionally network, and then NSBE gives them opportunities to do so. NSBE's mission statement is, "to increase the number of culturally responsible Black Enginers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community."
While there was a NSBE chapter on the Minnesota State University, Mankato campus a few years ago, Folly Kpodar and this NSBE chapter are essentially starting fresh. The executive board members are students entirely new to NSBE. Kpodar has friends at the University of Minnesota who were members of a thriving NSBE chapter on that campus. Kpodar returned from Minneapolis, motivated to start a chapter of NSBE in Mankato.
The executive board represents a variety of engineering majors:
- Folly Kpodar, junior, electrical engineering (pictured right)
- Samuel Phiri, junior, electrical engineering
- Princess Oladipo, junior, computer engineering
- Ayoola Okuribido, sophomore, automotive engineering technology
- Emmanuel Adeyemi, senior, manufacturing engineering technology
- Oghomwen Amadasun, senior, civil engineering
NSBE students are involved campus citizens. They recently volunteered at the MNCEME sponsored event, the 3rd Annual African American Engineering Academic Day. NSBE plans to volunteer more with events like this one and others. NSBE also hopes to send several members to the NSBE National Conference in Boston, MA. The theme of this year's conference is Engineering as Cultural Change. This conference is an excellent opportunity for students of all levels. First year students and sophomores can expect an excellent experience and a better understanding of what NSBE has to offer them, as well as a variety of workshops designed for their professional development. Juniors can attend a networking and internship fair, with large companies like 3M, Boeing, Apple, Honeywell and many others in attendance. Seniors and graduate students can connect with potential employers and seek full-time employment. There are workshops on professional workplace behavior and self-expression, helping minority students prepare to answer politicized questions in their workplace.
Dr. Winston Sealy, faculty member from the automotive and manufacturing engineering department, is this year's NSBE advisor. (Students listening to Sealy, pictured left) Previous advisor, Dr. Stephen Druschel, is on sabbatical this year. Although he is new to the job, Sealy has jumped right in, full of ideas for the development of the Mankato NSBE chapter. At the first meeting, Sealy addressed the group of potential NSBE members.
"As an advisor, I'm really pushing this [idea, that] we are a professional organization, and it will be treated that way...The fire has been lit, and it's going to stay lit. [NSBE has a] unique perspective. It's a unique group."
NSBE would like to emphasize that while they do target engineering students, students from all STEM backgrounds can find opportunities within NSBE. The Minnesota State Mankato chapter of NSBE's Facebook page is linked here.