Opportunity knocks at NSBE National Convention
On March 21, 2023, 14 members of Baylor University’s National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) traveled to Kansas City, Missouri, for the 49th Annual NSBE Convention.
Engineering students build camaraderie, find opportunity at the NSBE National Convention
Auldynn Chambers, Baylor NSBE Vice President, Mechanical Engineering major, Class of 2024
On March 21, 2023, Baylor University’s National Society of Black Engineers traveled to Kansas City, Missouri, for the 49th Annual NSBE Convention, with the Kansas City Convention Center hosting 10,000+ students and 300+ companies. 14 Baylor students were exposed to an abundance of opportunity including internships, full-time employment and graduate studies. NSBE sponsor Erik Blair, PhD, assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Baylor University School of Engineering and Computer Science, accompanied the group.
Members of the NSBE chapter experienced serious success, with more than half of the Baylor attendees receiving a job interview or summer job offer. One student in particular excelled at the conference with 11 interviews and four job offers.
We enjoyed networking and sharing the experience with NSBE chapters from across the country, broadening our reach and exposure among like minds. Our chapter crossed paths with several other Texas universities, including having dinner with the NSBE chapter from the University of North Texas.
Establishing camaraderie within Baylor’s group and with other NSBE members across the nation was the most memorable part of the trip, according to a chapter survey. With plentiful interactions between young black engineers representing their companies and students networking with recruiters, black excellence and ambition were consistent themes.
The NSBE National Convention offers aspiring professional black engineers a flood of opportunity to advance their career goals. Arriving prepared and ready to learn, network, and put our best feet forward made for a fruitful experience.
For many first-time attendees from Baylor, this convention was “the real deal” – an eye opener into the broader network of NSBE and its potential for growth and excellence at the chapter level and beyond.