NSBE National Convention & Housing Subsidy for Boston members

We would like to invite you to attend the 2018 NSBE National Convention taking place in Pittsburgh, PA from March 21st to March 25th. The NSBE National Conference features tech sessions, professional development sessions, industry round tables, access to certifications, networking opportunities, and more. We encourage all of our membership to look into attending the national convention and take advantage of the benefits of the society.

Technical Professional Conference (TPC) Agenda can be found here: https://guidebook.com/guide/109443/schedule/#date/03-21-2018/track/314788

Seeking support from your Employer

The NSBE National conference presents a full lifecycle of professional development opportunities. For this reason we encourage members to not only have their employers count their days at convention as training days, but to also consider covering the costs or travel, food, and lodging (or some subset of that).

Strategies include using the agenda to map out exactly which sessions you will be attending and how they help meet your organization’s development goals (Pro tip: Do not include the career fai in any write-ups to employers lol) and coming up with a justification of how the conference will make you a stronger member of your team. Here is an article that outlines steps for How to Convince Your Manager to Send You to a Conference . We ask that you explore all options with your employer as a first stop before you look to use the NSBE Boston housing subsidy.

NSBE Boston Housing Subsidy

For those that are not able to have their employers subsidize the full cost of the National Convention, NSBE Boston will be offering a housing subsidy to help lessen the cost. We will cover the full duration of your stay with the exception of a $75 down payment from you to ensure that you will be putting the room to use. You must be a paid member to be eligible for the chapter subsidy. NOTE: In instances where we are able we will pair you with a same gender roommate from our chapter.

The deadline for reserving your space (i.e., completing the form and putting in your $75 contribution) is February 12, 2018.

If you are interested in using the Boston members subsidy for National Convention complete the following form: NSBE Boston Housing Subsidy.


NSBE ‘ A Walk for Education’ in the Roxbury Neighborhood of Boston

Volunteers at the 2017 NSBE Boston ‘A Walk For Education’

On Saturday, October 28th, more than thirty volunteers including professionals from NSBE Boston, Southern New England NSBE (SNEATP) and students from U. Conn, Wentworth Institute of Tech., & U. Mass Lowell NSBE chapters, canvassed the Orchard Gardens community in the Roxbury Neighborhood, telling students and parents of the opportunities available to them in STEM Education & Careers.

Volunteers led by Loren Murphy, NSBE Boston’s Pre-Collegiate Initiative (PCI) Chair, walked the Orchard Gardens and Dudley area, handing out information on higher education, scholarship information, SAT/ACT preparation tools, NSBE and shared information on the benefits of majoring in STEM fields. NSBE Boston also provided halloween treats to residents.



Murphy believes the walk for education was important in the visited areas of the Roxbury neighborhood, “because oftentimes women and minorities feel they have no place in STEM fields, and hoped the walk set an example for most”.


UMass Lowell NSBE

“Our mission on Saturday was accomplished! This was a major effort to show the residents of Orchard Gardens and Roxbury, that Success in STEM careers is possible, achievable and can be done. We also wanted to place a NSBE Boston stamp in the community, letting residents know more about our programs and resources we provide for free.” said Sherly Denis, 2017 NSBE Boston “A Walk for Education” Co-Chair.





The annual A Walk for Education is a nationally recognized grassroots program in which NSBE members go door to door in under served minority communities, with an aim to  “to increase awareness of the opportunities available through education particularly in the STEM fields and to shatter myths about African-Americans in math, science, engineering and other technologies”.


NSBE Boston Pre-Collegiate Initiative (PCI) & BOSSquad meets monthly to promote STEM to children K-12. For more information on NSBE Boston PCI or upcoming BOSSquad events, please visit the NSBE Boston PCI page.

NSBE Boston & Partners HealthCare lead dialogue on Health Tech Innovation

On Thursday, October 26th Partners HealthCare hosted NSBE Boston and the general community on how they and event co-sponsor, DRAPER, are leading the charge on bridging the gap to affordable care and better health outcomes for the U.S.

(L to R) NSBE Boston, Chiderah Okoye; MBLA, Courtney Scrubbs; Partners HealthCare, Marcela Aldaz-Matos & Erin McKenna; DRAPER, Anthony Costin; NSBE Boston, Ladi Olaoye; DRAPER, Haleh Armian

The 2017 NSBE Boston Emerging Tech Talk Keynote Speaker, Erin McKenna, of Partners HealthCare, led a discussion on the role of innovation funds and the incubator/accelerator communities in bridging the viability gap for innovation and matching applications to where the resources are needed most.

Then DRAPER Lightning Talk presenters, Haleh Armian & Anthony Coston, showcased ways DRAPER and others are leading innovations to drive down the cost of treatment in issues ranging from advanced mental health diagnosis to detection of life-threatening respiratory conditions. They were engaged in a panel discussion led by President of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association and Sanofi Legal Counsel, Courtney Scrubbs.

Special thanks to the evening’s showcase presenters and the entire NSBE Boston community that contributed to an awesome evening of conversation and idea sharing!

View photos from the event below!


Annual Membership Survey


NSBE Boston’s Annual Membership Survey is now open, and we invite members to share their feedback! The survey includes questions on programs, membership and NSBE Boston as an organization. Please complete this survey on/before Friday, July 21st.


SURVEY LINK  – click link to begin survey.


NSBE Boston conducts surveys to gauge member satisfaction with the organization and to gather information about a variety of topics that enhance our programs & initiatives.

MassDOT Professional Organizations Fair 2017

On May 18,2017 NSBE Boston had the pleasure of attending and participating in the MassDOT Professional Organizations Fair. We were seated next to our allies Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and Society of Women Engineers (SWE). We successfully networked to expand our professional connections for the chapter. We thank MassDOT for the invitation and look forward to their bright future and many more collaborations ahead.


Picture from left to right: Unknown member of SHPE, Axel Vigo (SHPE President), Chiderah Okoye (NSBE President), Saul Garcia (SHPE Co-Director of Educational Outreach), Kimberly Wynne (Communications Chair of SWE)


NSBE Boston “Torch Awards” reception returns on June 8th

2016 Touch Awards (1)


NSBE Boston’s “Torch Awards” returns for the 2nd year on June 8th!
Launched in 2016, the Torch Awards aims to celebrate our commitment to advancing the NSBE Mission and impacting the community. Awards to be presented this year include Professional Achiever of the Year, Professional Member of the Year, Community Achievement Partner, Employee Resource Group of the Year and Collegiate Scholarships presented to our 2017 finalists. This event is sponsored by our Diamond Level – Community Achievement Partners, and they are Partners Healthcare System, Bentley University & Lyft.

For more information on the Torch Awards or corporate sponsorship opportunities, please contact Dora – Partnership@nsbeboston.org


RSVP LINK – please use this link to complete the RSVP form.

AWARD NOMINATIONS – members can submit nominations using this link
[All members are encouraged to submit entries for both award categories}


Professional Achiever of the Year  – nomination link 
This award recognizes NSBE Boston Professionals that have displayed high levels of academic excellence or are making strides in their professional careers. This individual is an active NSBE Boston Professional that has demonstrated commitment to excellence in the last 12 months, with either professional or academic achievements, such as – new emploment, job promotions, degree programs, certifications, community outreach engagement & other career/ academic endeavors.

Professional Member of the Year Nominationnomination link
This is the highest honor handed to a member. This award recognizes NSBE Boston Professionals that exemplify the core of the NSBE mission. This individual is an active NSBE Boston Professional that has fulfilled the NSBE mission, by showing commitment to academic and professional success, as well as positively impacting the community through involvement in chapter initiatives.
Members should nominate themselves or fellow NSBE Boston Professionals that have made a notable impact in their community this past year, both inside of the NSBE Boston Professionals chapter and outside.

Winners will be announced at the Torch Awards ceremony on June 8th. 

Announcement: Partners Healthcare joins NSBE Boston Advisory Board as a Diamond Level Partner

Partnership Announcement


The NSBE Boston Professionals chapter is pleased to announce Partners HealthCare System as our newest Diamond Level – Community Achievement Partner!

“Partners HealthCare has always been committed to the public health and well-being of our Commonwealth. We are thrilled to have such a pronounced community advocate engaged with the National Society of Black Engineers and we look forward to all of the ways we will jointly advance our mission” – Chiderah Okoye, President of NSBE Boston Professionals.

One of the objectives of this relationship will be to increase ethnic diversity through recruiting and hiring in a number of disciplines ranging from technical functions to non-specialized support within Partners HealthCare. Partners Healthcare has committed to actively using this relationship to drive engagement within their network of employees and patients.

“We have a strong commitment to Diversity and Inclusion throughout our entire organization.” – Jim Noga, Chief Information Officer

As a NSBE Boston Diamond Level – Community Achievement Partner, Partners HealthCare has pledged support for NSBE Boston’s 2017/2018 programs including: Tech Talk events, Professional Development,  STEM Days Initiative for youth, Academic Excellence of Collegiate chapters, and Professional Education Scholarships. Partners HealthCare will also serve on the NSBE Boston Advisory committee.

“We believe that the concept of diversity transcends the hiring process and adds true value to our organization.” – Dani Monroe, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

NSBE Boston is glad to welcome Partners HealthCare and we hope this partnership strengthens all efforts to create career opportunities for our members and maintain a diverse workforce at Partners HealthCare System.

 For more information on the Partners Healthcare System and NSBE Boston partnership, please contact Dora Agyare – Partnership@nsbeboston.org and Jigar Kadakia – JKadakia@Partners.org


To kickoff our partnership, Partners HealthCare will be hosting the May 2017 NSBE Boston Professional Development meeting on May 17th, 2017, with a special presentation Innovation in Hospital Care & Patient Safety. For more information on the NSBE Boston Professional Development Series sponsored by Partners Healthcare, please visit the NSBE Boston Monthly Professional Development.


PARTNERS HEALTHCARE SYSTEM, a not-for-profit health care system, is the largest private employer in Massachusetts, with 72,000 employees associated with 16 affiliated institutions. Founded in 1994 by Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, Partners HealthCare includes community and specialty hospitals, a managed care organization, a physician network, community health centers, home care and other health-related entities. Partners is proud of its diverse workforce and has received numerous awards for its diversity efforts. Forbes ranked 500 employers and Partners was ranked 24th overall. For more information on Partners Healthcare, please visit www.Partners.org

2017-2018 Executive Board Application

NSBE Boston Leadership Challenge

NSBE Boston Professionals is excited to announce the 2017-2018 Executive Board positions (including appointed office positions) waiting to be filled by YOU!

NSBE Boston Professionals will be only as strong as its members and chapter leadership. Thus, in order to help ensure NSBE Boston’s future a success, we must be committed to a visionary leadership, continuous improvement, and NSBE’s Mission.

This is your opportunity to positively impact the community.

The following chapter officer leadership positions are open for election:

  1. President
  2. Vice-President
  3. Secretary
  4. Treasurer
  5. Programs Chairperson
  6. Membership Chairperson

Below are the appointed chapter officer positions needed to be filled:

  1. Professional Development Chairperson
  2. Collegiate Initiative Chairperson
  3. Pre-College Initiative Chairperson
  4. Finance Chairperson
  5. Public Relations Chairperson
  6. Publications Chairperson
  7. Telecommunications Chairperson
  8. Professional Networking Chairperson
  9. Parliamentarian

If you interested, please complete a leadership application and be sure to attend our June 2017 General Body Meeting/ Elections.


Leadership Application/Nomination Forms

Application Form for Elected Positions
Detailed Elected Positions Packet

Application Form for Appointed Positions
Detailed Appointed Positions Packet


Eligibility CriteriaA candidate for an elected or appointed office must be a paid chapter member in good standing and complete all requirements outlined in the Elections Application guide by the designated deadline.

How do I submit an Election Application/ Nomination Form? Please complete an election application/ nomination form using the links listed above.
Completed applications must submitted on or before June 12th, 2017.

Note: You may nominate yourself for any open position, if you meet the eligibility criteria.

Where & When can I vote?  Paid members will be able to vote at the June 2017 General Body Meeting on June 21st, 2017.

How do I submit an Application for Appointed Positions? Please complete a applications for appointed positions form listed above
Completed applications must submitted on or before June 30th, 2017.

Note: You may nominate yourself for any open position, if you meet the eligibility criteria.

If you have questions, please contact NSBE Boston Parliamentarian, IB Koleosho –   parliamentarian@nsbeboston.org

#NSBEVotes – Message from the NSBE National Chair


Originally published on 11/7/16 by www.NSBE.org


Hello, NSBE family.

I am writing to you today regarding one of the most pivotal elections in our nation’s history. As I travel around this country speaking with our members, it has become evidently clear that young black voters are not engaged during this election cycle. Many of our collegiate members are now eligible to vote for the first time in their lives, yet lack the motivation to do so. A common refrain being vocalized is, “The presidential candidates are not speaking to the issues that most concern us, so why should I be engaged in the electoral process?” If America’s history of voter suppression and the sacrifices of many to obtain and protect voting rights for all are not convincing enough, here are two other key reasons why I believe it is critical for our membership to turn out at the polls this Tuesday (if you haven’t voted already).

  1. A lack of young black voters turning out at the polls sends the wrong message to aspiring, young black politicians. Why should they be concerned with the needs of our community if we have little influence on their ability to attain and retain elected positions? We must become informed and engaged politically to enforce accountability and influence policy at the local, state and federal levels.
  2. The 2017 national budget includes $4 billion in mandatory spending and more than $3 billion in discretionary spending specifically earmarked for STEM education, across all of the federal agencies. Another $68 billion is allocated for non-defense R&D spending. If our members are focused on attaining a STEM education and becoming future professionals/entrepreneurs in this space, we should strongly consider candidates who understand the importance of STEM to this country’s vitality and stature in an increasingly global economy. More important, those same candidates must acknowledge the role of diversity, equity and inclusion in ensuring that all people have access to one of the highest-paying and fastest-growing sectors of our economy.

Toward this end, as national chair of this organization, I am charging you to exercise your right to vote. Do your research on all the positions and referendums on your local ballot. If you can pass calculus and thermodynamics, there is no excuse for showing up at the polls uninformed. Convince your fellow chapter members to do the same. Graduating 10K black engineers annually by 2025 is just a pipe dream without the support of policymakers at every level of government.

Once you have voted, take a photo, and share it using the hashtag #NSBEVotes on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Snapchat. I look forward to the impact that NSBE will make on this and future elections.


Matthew C. Nelson
National Chair
National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
Phone: (703) 332-9532
Twitter: @STEMLifestyle
Instagram: TheSTEMLifestyle

2016 Draper Technical Challenge Competition



As part of Draper’s educational outreach and support for NSBE Region 1, they are sponsoring a Technical Challenge Competition that will be taking place at the Fall Regional Conference.

The technical challenge competition will showcase the innovative problem solving, technical writing, and presentation skills of NSBE members. Registration is currently open to all NSBE Members in Region 1 and final selections will be made in November 2016.

Four finalist(s) will be selected to present their solutions during the conference and one winner will be selected from them. Three finalists will receive scholarship awards. The Technical Challenge competition is open to both Students & Professional members.

Register for the Drake Technical Challenge Competition


Upcoming Event 2016 NSBE Fall Regional Conference (FRC)

Date: Nov 17th – 20th

Location: Niagara Falls, NY

Register to attend the 2016 Fall Regional Conference

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