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2018-2019 Executive Board

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NSBE Background

The National Society of Black Engineers – Richmond Professional Chapter is a 501(C) (3) non-profit association represented by technical and professional members throughout the Richmond Metropolitan area. Richmond Professional NSBE is dedicated to increasing the participation of African-Americans and other underrepresented groups in the fields of engineering and technology from pre-college to professional. Richmond Professional NSBE works to ensure that students and professionals at all levels develop the skills necessary to excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact their communities.


Over the years, NSBE has grown into an international network of chapters (pre-college, collegiate, and professional) that are coordinated through six regional zones and governed by a National Executive Board. A professional staff provides program and administrative support to all six regions.


NSBE had its genesis in 1975 at a national conference comprised of African-American engineering students throughout North America who wanted to promote the recruitment, retention and successful graduation of blacks in engineering. They recognized then, as we still do today, that there are barriers to minority participation and success in the engineering fields. Without strident, proactive and unified efforts, these barriers cannot be overcome. NSBE works in a myriad of ways to see that these efforts are carried out.


Richmond Professional NSBE members represent the following employers: Dominion, Dupont, Commonwealth of Virginia, Honeywell, Naval Surface Warfare Center, RockTenn, Tredegar, VDOT, etc.


NSBE-Richmond Professional Objectives

  • Encourage and advise minority youth in their pursuit of an engineering career

  • Stimulate and develop student interest in the various engineering disciplines

  • Strive to increase the number of Black students studying engineering at both undergraduate and graduate levels

  • Develop the technical and professional skills of our members

  • Encourage members to seek advanced degrees in engineering or related fields and to obtain/maintain professional engineering certification

  • Promote public awareness of engineering and the opportunities for Blacks and other minorities in the profession

  • To offer a rewarding experience for current and potential members through opportunities to contribute toward the NSBE mission

  • To improve college recruitment, retention, graduation, and the ultimate success of professional Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs by establishing strategic alliances among people of African descent


President: Rebecca Gilmer

Vice-President: Donald Garrett

Secretary: Brandon Fraction


Programs: Faven Berhe

Pre-Collegiate Initiative(PCI): Serita Seright

Media/Communications: Brandon Fraction


NSBE Mission

“To increase the number of culturally responsible Black Engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.”

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