Timeline

Since 1975, the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) has been committed to cultivating and promoting the academic and professional success of African-American engineering students and professionals. With more than 35,700 members, NSBE is one of the largest student-governed organizations based in the U.S. NSBE Jr is a pre-college program designed to stimulate the interest in the  science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Our over-arching goal is to encourage students to attend college and pursue technical degrees.  We also believe it is equally important to focus on academic excellence and achievement, school citizenship and mentoring, and community service. Look at our chapter history below.

In 1990, Mr. Williams graduated from Omaha Central with 13 academic scholarships to attend UNL and major in engineering. With little focus and no priorities, he eventually lost all his scholarships and dropped out of school in 1993. Years later, he re-enrolled and earned a bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Management Systems Engineering. In 2004, he earned a master’s degree in the same discipline. During graduate school, he was awarded the Richard H. Larson Fellowship. He then pursued his doctorate at UCF. While there, he was awarded the Florida Georgia Alliance for Minority Participation Fellowship. Later, Mr. Williams became a National Science Foundation GO-GK12 Fellow - an esteemed honor.  In 2007, he accepted a teaching position at UNL and moved back to Nebraska. He was approached by OPS to “come and make a difference.” Arriving at North a year later, he noticed that minority students knew nothing about NSBE. He helped charter the only junior chapter of NSBE in Nebraska. The program has garnered national attention. Numerous articles about the program  have appeared on television, newspapers, magazines, and on NSBE’s national website.  Since arriving, he has raised awareness among our students about the opportunities an engineering degree can afford them. We are glad he is our engineer now!

 

  • December 2008 – Mr. Williams and Dr. Terri Norton (PKI) met with Omaha North High Magnet students to inform them about the National Society of Black Engineers’ Pre-College Initiative (PCI)
  • January 2009 - 1st PCI Nebraska chartered (12 students are honored as charter members in NSBE history)
  • January 2009 through March 2009 - Mr. Williams and students raise approximately $14,000 to cover the costs of attending the 35th Annual NSBE Convention in Las Vegas, NV
  • March 2009 - Mr. Williams, two chaperones and eight students attend convention
  • May 2009 - NSBE Jr and Skinner Magnet create "Engineering Fridays" mentoring program

 

 

 

  • August 2009 - NSBE Jr. membership starts out at 26 students - more than doubling last year's membership total
  • September 2009 -Engineering Fridays kicks off at Skinner
  • September 2009 - P.I.T. Com program created. This program serves as our community service initiative
  • October 2009 - P.I.T. Com assists with UNO's Three Days of Service
  • November 2009 - creation of tutoring program with the UNO NSBE Chapter
  • December 2009 - fundraising efforts start to attend 36th Annual Convention in Toronto, CA
  • January 2010 - creation of mentoring partnership with OPPD and All Our Kids, Inc
  • January 2010 - 16 students commit to attending National Convention
  • February 2010 - approximately $24,000 raised to cover costs of attending convention
  • February 2010 - Reach Back program created
  • February 2010 - Omaha Engineer's Club commits to sponsoring a scholarship specifically for North's NSBE Jr. students
  • March 2010 - NSBE Jr. students assists Skinner Magnet with Math Night
  • March 2010 - P.I.T. Com assists with UNO's Seven Days of Service
  • March 2010 - 21 NSBE Jr. students, chaperones and parents attend National Convention
  • May 2010 - NSBE Jr. hosts its first Graduating Seniors Reception
  • May 2010 - NSBE Jr. featured in ASME's Nebraska Newsletter
  • June 2010 - NSBE Jr. featured on KMTV News
  • July 2010 - creation of partnership with Kiewit
  • September 2010 - NSBE Jr. featured in Revive Omaha Magazine
  • September 2010 - NSBE Jr. approached by Woodmen of the World, Inc about a partnership
  • September 2010 - NSBE Jr. featured on NSBE's national website (www.nsbe.org)
  • September 2010 - Open House results in a waiting list of over 90 students who want to participate
  • September 2010 - membership settles in at 47 students
  • September 2010 - Iowa State University's College of Engineering asks how they can assist our program - a partnership is created
  • October 2010 - NSBE Jr. approached by HDR, a global engineering consulting firm - a partnership is created
  • October 2010 - NSBE Jr. hosts Dr. Derrick Rollins, engineering professor from Iowa State University
  • October 2010 - NSBE Jr. and Mr. Williams featured in The Omaha Star - a historical African-American newspaper
  • October 2010 - Iowa State sponsors NSBE Jr. for a campus visit (29 students, 3 chaperones, and 3 parents attend)
  • October 2010 - NSBE Jr. featured in OPS News newsletter
  • November 2010 - Mr. Williams featured in the Omaha World Herald
  • November 2010 - Woodmen of the World hosts a Financial Engineering mini conference specifically for NSBE Jr. students (26 students and 2 chaperones attend)
  • November 2010 - NSBE Jr. hosts a lecture series entitled "Thursday Morning Conversation" with Michael Sutton, CEO of Infrastructure Engineering Inc, Pamela Dingman, CEO of Engineering Design Consultants, and Matthew Schultz, Project Manager with Black and Veatch Water
  • January 2011 - 14 students commit to attending National Convention in St. Louis, MO
  • February 2011 - approximately $21,000 raised to cover costs of attending convention
  • March through April 2011 - 14 students and 5 adults attend convention
  • April 2011 - Woodmen of the World creates two internship positions for current NSBE Jr. students
  • April 2011 - HDR creates an internship for NSBE Jr. students now enrolled in college engineering programs
  • May 2011 - Woodmen of the World selects Quanita Haynes (2012) and Brianna Nielsen (2013) as interns for the summer
  • May 2011 - HDR selects Raquel Sturdivant (2010) for its internship position
  • May 2011 - Tre'Von McKay (2010) creates a technology firm, McKay Industries
  • June 2011 - McKay Industries launches 1st mobile application for an AM Music Radio Station in Omaha, NE
  • August 2011 - NSBE Jr membership sits at 44 students
  • September 2011 - Engineering Fridays kicks off at Skinner
  • September 2011 - McKay Industries launches mobile application for Morehouse College. Tre'Von McKay (Class of 2010), is a current sophomore at the college
  • October 2011 - P.I.T. Com assists with UNO's Three Days of Service
  • October 2011 - NSBE Jr. hosts Dr. Derrick Rollins, Engineering Professor from Iowa State University
  • October 2011 - NSBE Jr. hosts Wes Moore, Rhodes Scholar and award-winning author of "The Other Wes Moore"
  • October 2011 - Progress reports indicate that NSBE Jr. students have a median GPA of 3.4 and an average GPA of 3.3
  • October 2011 - Young Professionals Organization donates $500 to NSBE Jr. towards National Convention attendance
  • October 2011 - NSBE Jr. attends UNL NSBE Fall Banquet (28 people attend)
  • October 2011 - Mr. Williams is awarded the "Community Impact" Award at the Fall Banquet for his efforts with both UNL NSBE and NSBE Jr.
  • November 2011 - Iowa State sponsors a campus visit for NSBE Jr. (31 students and 1 parent attend)

 

NSBE

 

Engineering Fridays

This program began in Fall 2009. One to two times per month, NSBE Jr. members are committed to spending an hour (on Friday afternoons) assisting engineering students at Skinner Magnet Elementary with their own engineering endeavors. We extend a heart-felt gratitude to the many students we interact with on these Fridays. We reserve a special thank you for Dustin Driever (Engineering) and Pat Miltner (Magnet Facilitator) for all their efforts with this program.


Reach Back

This program is new to NSBE Jr. Our senior class of 2010 felt moved to continue to have an impact at Omaha North after graduation. With their initial thoughts in mind, this program was created in late March of that year. These young people have shown a willingness to continue to strengthen the “engineering pipeline” here at Omaha North High Magnet School. Since, each senior class has committed to sponsoring four new members each year. We believe that this new program is the start of a grand tradition.

 
Professional Mentoring

Our students believe that it is just as important to be mentored themselves. So along with collegiate engineering students from the NSBE chapter at UNO and UNL, our students are mentored by professional engineers. Local companies like HDR, Kiewit, and OPPD provide real engineers as mentors for our students. This helps establish an "engineering pipeline" whereby our NSBE Jr students are impacted at both ends of the spectrum.

 

P.I.T. Com

Our students believe in "positively impacting the community" in which we live and learn. Thus P.I.T. Com was created in 2009. It is our community service component of NSBE Jr. here at Omaha North. In the last three years NSBE Jr. students have performed approximately 1000 hours of community service.

 

"Networking skills and courage are two of the greatest characteristics I possess. These were developed through my involvement in NSBE Jr. during my high school career. During the 35th Annual National Convention, I was exposed to many accomplished peers. My experience proved to be moving and motivating.  The various workshops I attended and the speakers I heard left me speechless. I returned home to Omaha a completely changed young man. I was more focused and grew anxious to enroll in a post-secondary engineering program. Today, I am a sophomore Physics and Civil Engineering Major at Morehouse College.  Since arriving at Morehouse, I have incorporated my own company, McKay Industries, LLC. I have successfully produced six mobile applications and I am actively involved in multiple startups in the Atlanta-Metro Area.  I am also an active member of the chapter here. NSBE Jr. went beyond just providing me an opportunity but it also developed me into an extraordinary individual. I attribute my success to the program."


- Tre'Von McKay, Omaha North High Magnet Class of 2010

 

An article about Tre'Von and one of his mobile applications can be seen here.

 

ABOUT THE VIDEO: This video is a "highlight reel" of the NSBE Jr. experience during the 2009 - 2010 school year! Enjoy watching.

 

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Did you know that over the last three years our NSBE Jr. seniors have earned approximately $1.2 Million in scholarships? Over that same time span, our students have a median GPA of 3.30? Did you know that our chapter has been fortunate enough to attend National Convention each year since we were chartered? Our students have attended conventions in Las Vegas, Toronto, and St. Louis. They have been exposed to experiences that over 99% of their peers at North will never experience. Each year it costs roughly $25,000 to support this chapter. The majority of that cost is associated with attending convention. Each year Mr. Williams asks corporations and grant-giving entities to support his efforts in exposing his students to the experience of National Convention. Roughly 12,000 professional engineers, researchers, collegians, and pre-college students amass together in one city for five days. Students attend workshops, listen to speakers, endure engineering competitions, attend college and job fairs, and socialize with their African-American peers. It is an awesome experience. 

This is made possible through the generosity of others - like you!

Although students are responsible for a portion of the costs, I have historically raised over 90% of the funds needed.  But I cannot do it alone. We need YOUR help!

 

Please consider supporting us with a donation of $25, $50, $75 or $100 towards our efforts.   
Your tax-deductible donation will make our next convention a “first-time” reality for many of our NSBE Jr. students.

If you consider supporting us, make your check payable to: Omaha North High.
In the memo section, put: NSBE Jr. 

We also request that you send a letter stating that all donated funds can be used to offset costs for both students and chaperones. Our students are grateful and thank you for your contribution and support of their efforts to become the next generation of scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians. 

Make sure to send your check courtesy of  Anthony Williams and thank you for your generosity.

Anthony L. Williams
Engineering, Mathematics, and Science Educator
NSBE Jr. Sponsor
Omaha North High Magnet School
4410 N. 36th Street
Omaha, NE 68111
anthony.williams@ops.org
402-557-3442 (office) 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Internships are a Win-Win Experience

 

For interns Brianna N. and Quanita H. this summer meant more than time off from school. These students spent the summer getting a taste of the corporate world while learning about Woodmen of the World. 

Nielsen and Haynes, students at Omaha North High School, joined Woodmen of the World as interns in the Actuarial and Investment Divisions. In Actuarial, they worked on data entry and pulling information into reports. On the Investment side, they entered servicing information for the Mortgage Loan and Real Estate Department, and assisted with a few projects for the Securities department. According to Associate Portfolio Manager Kim Pash, one of their supervisors, there internships were a "great oportunity for them to see how the financial side of the organization operates," she said. 

This is an excerpt from an article that appears in Shavings, the Fall 2011 Newsletter for Woodmen of the World.

 

Brianna (2013) and Quanita (2012) are current NSBE Jr. students.

Historical Timeline & Accomplishments

"High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation."

- Charles Kettering

Announcements

NSBE This Week

 

  • Meeting this Thursday (10/04) 3PM
  • UNL Architecture visit  (10/04) 3PM
  • Engineering Fridays at Skinner (10/05) 130PM
  • You can download our brochure here. (Trifold 8.5 X 11)

 





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