NSBE was founded at Purdue University in 1975 by six people: John Logan (deceased),
Edward Coleman, George Smith, Stanley Kirtley (deceased), Brian Harris, and Anthony
Harris. Their nickname is ‘The Chicago Six.’

In 1975, the first National Conference was held at Purdue University. 48 students from
32 schools attended the conference. Five important things happened at this conference:
• The National Symbol was chosen
• A rough draft of the National Constitution was written
• The organization was divided into six geographic regions
• The first National Chairperson was elected, John Cason
• The name for the group was selected, “The National Society of Black Engineers”

In 1976, NSBE was incorporated as a nonprofit organization in the State of Texas.
NSBE also became recognized as a tax-exempt organization under Section 501 (c)(3)
of the Internal Revenue Code.

The NSBE Torch symbolizes our everlasting burning desire to achieve success as
engineers in our present society. The lightning bolts represent the striking impact that
will be felt upon society and industry as a result of the contributions and achievements
made by the National Society of Black Engineers.
NSBE Headquarters is located in Alexandria, VA.