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University Major: Electrical Engineering
University/Alma Mater: University of Pittsburgh
Industry: Electrical Engineering
I joined NSBE in 2011 during my freshman year at the University of Pittsburgh. Since then, I have stayed very involved in NSBE. I have attended the Fall Regional Conference and Convention ever since I joined the Society, and I have served in multiple leadership roles. I’ve stayed so involved in NSBE because it is honestly what got me through college.
I am motivated by those around me. I believe that iron sharpens iron, so I constantly surround myself with people who are working hard to reach their goals and be successful. I also believe that as Black Americans (African Americans), we owe much to our ancestors who literally fought for us to have the rights we have today. Their sacrifice motivates me to work through any hardship and adversity, because I know it is minor compared with what they were forced to go through. I am passionate about empowerment and self-expression. I believe we should empower those around us and those growing up under us. That is why I love the NSBE mission so much. It outlines the need to empower the next generation and make engineering a mainstream word in the black community. I want to help shed a light on engineering, so people like me know they can become engineers if they want to and that they have nothing to be afraid of.
I honestly don’t know what the future holds, but I hope to either be a successful engineer giving back to the pipeline or an inspirational poet/speaker helping to guide the next generation into its destiny.
I want the entirety of Convention to be intentional. I want every workshop, speaker, event, party and meeting to serve a purpose. I want members to get something from everything they participate in. I don’t want us to do something simply because it has been done in the past. I want the attendees’ spirits to be ignited, their imaginations to be endless and their skills to be developed for future innovations.