#NSBE44: Ignite. Imagine. Innovate. • March 21-25, 2018 • David L. Lawrence Convention Center


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Ignite Excitement and Passion in Engineering
Speakers: Jevon Williams (BP), Chris Watson (BP), Shaun Humes (Rockwell Collins), Uche Maple (Rockwell Collins), Pending (Bechtel), Pending (Bechtel)

Igniting passion and interest for Engineering. Discussions will occur from Junior / Intermediate level engineering to Senior / Principal level.

  1. Focus on what we love about engineering
  2. Why you have stayed in engineering
  3. What moment drove you to be an engineer

Data Management & Visualization with The Carpentries
Speaker: Sarah Brown

This workshop will give learners hands-on experience with tools important for data management and analysis. The goal of this workshop is to help attendees learn how to work more efficiently with data, and give them an introduction to scientific computing in Python. By the end of the workshop, learners will have practiced loading data, conducting preliminary analyses, and producing basic visualizations. They will also be able to discuss best practices and tools for data management and code to enable reproducibility.

The workshop is designed to be inclusive and accessible. We require that all instructors and learners follow our Code of Conduct (http://www.datacarpentry.org/code-of-conduct/). We obtain real-time feedback during the workshops using sticky notes, and use minute cards at each break, so that we can gauge learner progress and potential common misconceptions.

The proposed workshop for NSBE’s Annual Convention would follow a subset of the standard Software Carpentry curriculum. This is a typical syllabus, including the setup requirements and links to the materials: http://swcarpentry.github.io/python-novice-inflammation/

Exploring Careers at Google, Software and beyond

At Google, we're always searching for the world's best software engineers, but we also have many other career pathways. From our YouTube team, to our IT support team to product manager roles and technical sales, there are a wide range of roles which may be a fit for your background. We invite you to join us for an interactive career panel that will feature Googlers who represent a variety of roles within our company and learn about their pathways to, and at, Google.

Guaranteed 4.0 Learning System
Speaker: Donna O. Johnson Mackey, Ph.D.

The Guaranteed 4.0 Learning Systemis a 3-step systematic approach to learning, based on the latest research in cognitive science. Students are taught how to learn the way the brain naturally prefers to processes information. It is an efficient and effective methodology that reduces time on task (study time), by enhancing critical thinking skills, and guarantees a straight A average will be earned. If an A average is not attained after following the 4.0 plan, the system’s founder will give each student $100. In 25+ years of supporting academic excellence, the $100 guarantee has not been paid.

To understand more about this dynamic program, please view a six-minute television interview on our website media page: http://g4org.nomorestudy.com/media. There is also an excerpt of a live seminar on that same media page.

Guaranteed 4.0 participants will learn how to:

  • Reduce study time & pre-identify exam content
  • Never forget what you read again
  • Manage stress before it impacts grades
  • Understand key secrets of the classroom
  • Create systematic organization for critical thinking

Guaranteed A+
Speaker: Donna O. Johnson Mackey, Ph.D.

Guaranteed A+ is a 3-step systematic approach to learning, based on the latest research in cognitive science. Middle and high school students are taught how to learn the way the brain naturally prefers to processes information. It is an efficient and effective methodology that reduces time on task (study time), by enhancing critical thinking skills, and guarantees a straight A average will be earned. If an A average is not attained after following the A+ plan, the system’s founder will give each student $100. In 25+ years of supporting academic excellence, the $100 guarantee has not been paid.

Building and Maintaining Your Professional Network
Speaker: Tokiwa T. Smith

Relationships are important to obtaining internship, jog and other opportunities that are beneficial to your career. You develop relationships when you meet and interact with individuals in various settings (networking events, career/job fairs, interviews etc.). This workshop will teach you how to build and maintain your professional network by learning strategies to communicate and stay connected with individuals that you meet in various professional settings and on social media.

#MacScientists: Defining Your Vision
Speakers: Soyo Awosika-Olumo, Devine Swiner, Courtney Young, and Carrie Alexander

This workshop will have a very interactive discussion relating to how your professional and personal life can drive your vision for how you see your future planning out. Students will be given various scenarios that will highlight the importance of finding mentors, networking, self-confidence and developing your passion for a career in STEM.

The girls that attend this program will leave with vision boards that will be created during the program. As well as a new community that they can leverage throughout life.

Youth and Engineering-The Policy Impact
Speakers: Arthur Burnett & Ron Stubblefield

Far too often, when we talk about why one should become an engineer as a matter of policy, we strictly talk in terms of job opportunities. What we do not talk about is how engineers can advance social justice and equity in this country. This panel, led by the nation's first African American Federal Magistrate Judge and Cheif Policy Advisor to the National Association of Black Legislators, does exactly that-while discussing ways NSBE and NAADPC can collaborate on supporting youth.

Making The Most of the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience
Speakers: Malika Grayson

This session highlights the importance of summer research and how the experience can be leverage on different future paths including research and industry.The difficulties and challenges as well as solutions are also discussed. The importance of networking and tips on how to develop strong mentor and sponsor relationships are highlighted.

After this session, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify the difference between Summer Research and Graduate Research, using the discussion to approach each scenario
  • Use the summer research experience to leverage Graduate School and Industry Careers
  • Prepare and Plan other important college experiences using their summer research

Navigating the US Job Market as an International Student
Speaker: Somtochukwu Dimobi

Attendees will:

  • Have an overview of the job application process from the recruiters perspective in regards to internationals
  • Be aware of best practices for internationals in career fairs
  • Have a disclosure of the companies hiring internationals at the NSBE44

Graduate School Admissions Process Brought to you by Purdue University

How to write a statement of purpose brought to you by Purdue University
Speaker: Daryll Dickerson

Learning across boundaries: A grassroots approach to network building with remake learning

This workshops seeks to engage our NSBE Jr members and advisors to connect with the organization Remake Learning on how our organization can build community partners for NSBE Jr and PCI. Remake Learning is a resource for the people, organizations, and ideas shaping the future of teaching and learning in the greater Pittsburgh region.

NSBE advisors, students, and Pittsburgh community stakeholders will have the opportunity to participate in a lunch and learn discussion proctored by Remake Learning members.

Stereotype Threat: Understanding How Environment Affects Performance
Speaker: Whitney Gaskins

Research has found that underrepresented students in STEM drop out or underperform in STEM because faculty are overwhelmingly white and male, faculty intentionally try to weed out students early using difficult assignments and harsh grading practices, and the college perceives men as “good” engineers which encourages gender discrimination and bias against women. All of these things leave underrepresented students feeling discouraged because of academic failure or negative encounters with faculty or peers. Due to these experiences, underrepresented students often lack confidence in their own scientific/ technical abilities. Continued negative perceptions and stereotypes about their abilities in math and science add to the problem. This concern when students are facing a negative stereotype can be defined by stereotype threat. Stereotype threat produces numerous consequences, most of which are negative in nature. Many studies have replicated and extended the finding first reported by Steele and Aronson (1995) that invoking group memberships associated with stereotypes can harm performance on tasks where poor performance might confirm stereotypes.

Underrepresented students have also reported that there’s often a sense of belonging in STEM departments/programs and in the classroom that’s missing. They have felt discriminatory conduct to race and/or gender conducted by the STEM departments. That perpetuates the lack of a critical mass of underrepresented students or faculty in STEM fields. The discriminatory conduct or behavior in STEM departments/programs that is unwelcome and offensive to the underrepresented students is described as a hostile environment. When students are uncomfortable, they cannot place all of their focus on the task at hand. A hostile work environment can cause students to focus on the environment instead of working. Therefore, less work gets completed and productivity is decreased causing underperformance and in many cases an increase in students dropping out.

In this workshop participants will use the definition of stereotype threat to determine if they have had an experience that helped or hindered their performance. Once attendees understand the definition we will work as a group to develop strategies to recognize the threat and to overcome the barrier. Since my workshop involves the audience in determining problems, discovering solutions, and making decisions, they will be too engaged to take notes so a handout will be prepared. Summary notes will also be sent to all workshop participants for their reference. Technology will be utilized in this workshop i.e. Poll Everywhere and videos.

From Mailroom to Electrical Engineer at Fortune 500 Company
Speaker: Rachelle Forney

How can we encourage the upcoming youth to pursue STEM education? How can we encourage students already enrolled in STEM fields to not change majors despite the academic challenges associated with STEM majors? Rachelle Forney a single mother, first generation college student, and double minority in the electrical engineering field will reveal the transparency of her college journey and life challenges along the way. Present statistics of retention in STEM fields and why it’s important to encourage and inspire our youth to pursue STEM education. The following topics will be discussed:

  • Statistics of minorities in Engineering - Why do we need more diversity in STEM fields?
  • Small beginnings plant seeds of humility - What Rachelle learned from working in the mailroom and why it was important.
  • Establishing a support system for your journey (family, mentor, teacher, or person in your
  • desired field) - It was Rachelle’s support system that helped me get through the rough patches. Always reach back and help someone along the way. - Why giving back is so important!

STEM-Law Escape Room
Speaker: Michael Edwards

Our vision is to create an annual Collegiate or Pre-Collegiate STEM-Law competitive event where students use STEM and other context clues to escape" or navigate through a notional crime scene. Students, through the use STEM use fingerprint identification, unknown substance testing, footprint match and other STEM challenges student teams are able to compete and win the timed competition.

Going back to school? No way!
Speaker: Raoul Chinang

The goal of this workshop will be to encourage working professionals to go back to college and how much of a sacrifice that process actually is, especially if you work full-time at the same time. The workshop will cover tips on how to manage your time when you have work and school on your plate.  During the workshop, I will give specific examples based on my personal experiences. About a year after working as a Project Engineer at UTC Aerospace Systems, I decided to concurrently pursue my Master’s in Mechanical Engineering from Arizona State University. By the time I will be hopefully giving this workshop in March, I will be six weeks away from graduating.

The workshop will start by discussing the importance of doing a self-reflection and identifying the goal behind the pursuit of another degree and in what topic. An evaluation of how that degree will help the person reach their goals and how that aligns with their career plan is indispensable. We will discuss why you should not go back to school because you see other people do it or because someone wants you to because you will be the person taking the lessons and doing the homework and not someone else. Additionally, the identification of how that degree fits in one’s career goal will be even more important when the person will be going through more challenging times because of their school schedule. That goal will certainly not only remind the person of why they are making the sacrifice but also encourage them as to how this helps them reach a milestone in their career. A personal life plan will also be discussed during the workshop. The person who is planning on returning to school also needs to evaluate how that affects their life plan (family, children, marriage,…).

The workshop will also discuss the investment that the person will be doing in themselves when they decide to go back to school. The person will either reinforce their knowledge in that specific subject or polish some areas that were rusty.  Going back to school without taking any additional debt is also a wise decision. If the employer provides any sort of financial support for advance education, you should most definitely take advantage of it. UTC Aerospace Systems offers that benefit to its employees and I’m grateful for that opportunity. This is another motivating factor and the financial cost of the classes is one less crucial thing to worry about.

As it takes a lot of tenacity to complete a college degree while handling other adult responsibilities, time management is essential. The workshop will discuss various tips on what to do before and while you are taking your classes. Additionally, it’s important to keep an open communication with your manager on your desire and plan to go back to school, he/she may be very supportive in the execution of your plan. Additionally, once you’re admitted, keep an open communication of your schedule and classes with you manager and co-workers, especially if your work schedule will be impacted. Outside of work, a support system will also be beneficial, especially on the most difficult days. Having a work-life balance may sometimes be difficult to consistently achieve, so adding school on that system will more likely make it unbalanced. It will be a sacrifice, but that is certainly achievable when you keep that defined goal behind the sacrifice in your mind. From my own experience, from dozens of parking tickets a semester to the daily fatigue, I have personally evaluated whether or not it is worth the sacrifice.

You learn best on how to go back to college by actually going back to college. Those first classes that you will take, you may actually learn a lot more about who you are as a person, what you can handle, how to manage your time, than the actual content of the class, regardless of your major. With a goal and a plan, going back to college will most definitely be beneficial and worth the sacrifice!

Paths in Graduate School Panel

Panel for the different paths taken during graduate school

Advice for Current Grad Students: When Faculty Says X

Workshop for advice for graduate students

Life After Grad School Panel "Life After Grad School(Maximizing Your PhD. Preparing for Academia or Industry)"

Panel talks about the paths for PhD & masters students after graduate school

F.U.B.U.-For Us By Us (Innovative Development)

Stemify Your Passion
Speaker: Kendrick @dj5starr Tilghman, MBA

10 Years ago I found a way to combine my engineering degree with me being a professional DJ.  My company 5Starr Enterprise provides Community Outreach, Educational Services and Community Engagement.  These services include an Edutainment workshops to engage scholars to pursue STEM degrees.

Attendees will understand what it means to be an Engineer and how fast technology is changing.  In addition, attendees will also learn the definition of one's Life's Work, all presented using DJ Technology.

We put the WOW in STEM and we look forward to showcasing our hypothesis.  If we increase your creative thinking, it will increase your academic performance.

We simply expose the science, technology, engineering and mathematics in the DJ industry to help attendees STEMIFY THEIR PASSIONS.

Accenture Tech Vision 2018
Speaker: Sean Wright

As you know Accenture is an end to end consulting firm. We are able to help our clients build the strategy, implement it, as well has service the technological component. At Accenture each year we explore the next big changes in technology which are beneficial to business success. We’d love to share this with the NBSE participants and explore 2018’s 5 tech trends and how Accenture is working in this space to continue to transform our clients. The NSBE theme this year, Ignite.Imagine.Innovate, is a perfect venue to explore these trends and how they impact the business world.

Personal Finance 101: Paying off Debt, Budgeting, and Building Wealth
Speakers: Jordan Gill, Bethany Robinson

With the total US credit card debt at $764 billlion and the average 2016 graduate owing over $35,000 in student loans, young people need to be equipped with the financial acumen to make budgeting, investing, and retirement decisions that will set them up for success later in life. There are plenty of ways for young adults to have fun and invest in their future. Graduating university, starting a new career, and #adulting on your own can be exciting, tough, and often expensive. But your finances don’t have to suffer.

We will guide attendees through the basics of personal finance with a goal of imparting a basic understanding of debt repayment, interest, budgeting for major and monthly expenses, saving, and investing.

Transforming Organizational Chaos into Personal Order
Speaker: Victoria Brifo

The only constant in today’s business world is CHANGE.   We can be swept away by the winds of change, or we can harness them in our career sails and soar. The workshop presenter will share their company’s story of unprecedented change and walk through a logical, innovative process for creating personal order. This workshop will empower individuals to embrace the impending changes around them as opportunities for personal and professional development by:

  • Identifying the business shifts and the resulting gaps
  • Utilizing your strengths and skills to bridge the gaps
  • Performing a personal “fit” assessment
  • Mapping your personal path forward

The session topic is applicable to everyone, regardless of industry or discipline.  Attendees will participate in an interactive workshop activity and walk away with tangible, innovative strategies to create personal order amidst organizational chaos.

Communities of Technical Practice, Brought to you by American Express
Speaker: Gary Kensey

"American Express is a culture that values intellectual curiosity and consistent development.  As we implement new emerging technologies AET Engineers, Leadership and Product Teams are actively engaged with building Communities of Technical Practice (CTP).  Built by and for a community of practitioners, learners, and enthusiasts around our top technical and engineering specialties, the CTPs provide an opportunity to learn and grow professionally as the group interacts."

It supports opportunities to use open-source code, develop in-house code, and reusable components. Exploring technologies and sharing ideas through the community will help us develop our skills, as well as new innovative products and services for the company.

Technology Advancement & Leveraging our Partnership with NSBE - Additive Manufacturing solutions through leveraged intern relationships.
Speakers: Anthony Ashe, Dustin Bush, Krystal Cunningham

Arconic has always been an innovator in the Aerospace, Automotive, and Space industries.  In addition to that technical leadership, Arconic is also implementing creative plans to partner with and utilize the tremendous resources afforded by NSBE Students.  As such, this presentation will be jointly led by Dustin Bush of Arconic and Krystal Cunningham (AFE Intern, UCLA PhD student, and NSBE leader). Additive Manufacturing processes have the potential to transform metallic structures by reducing fabrication time and complexity while improving recovery from expensive starting materials.  However, it is not enough to simply produce a specific geometry with a specific composition.  The resultant part has to have sufficient integrity, performance characteristics, and repeatable microstructure to benefit the finished vehicle and be fully qualified for service.  Incorporating the new technology into our comprehensive approach to highly sophisticated metallic products and processes, Arconic is advancing technology for Additive Manufacturing in multiple alloy systems and processes to provide holistic solutions.  In addition to our direct manufacturing of components, the Ampliforge™ process combines additive manufacturing with forging to produce parts that meet the most stringent specification and integrity requirements while reducing costs for near-net geometries.  As part of our complete AM Flow Path, Arconic is implementing feedstock capability that will supplement our existing capability to produce Al, Ti, Ni and Co-based materials and optimize the feedstock for additive processes.  This presentation will provide an overview of Arconic’s additive manufacturing capabilities, examples of AM and Ampliforge™ components, and potential applications.

Becoming a Leader – What they don’t teach you in Engineering school
Speaker: Darrell Philpot

Workshop Description:  The challenge of taking on a leadership role and leading teams to success requires a multi-faceted skillset that is typically not part of an engineering academic curriculum.  This session will focus on the initial steps of transitioning between an individual contributor role to a leadership role, and the skills one must develop over time to lead teams through complex situations - technical and political - to successful outcomes.

Mentoring: The Right Ingredient for Creating Chemistry
Speakers: Tammy Nunn-Haynie

"Mentoring: The Right Ingredient for Creating Chemistry

True mentoring is defined as a trusting relationship between a more experienced individual who focuses their energy on assisting others in personal and professional development. The mentor’s role is to fully engage and guide the mentee by listening carefully and creating a constructive environment where the mentee can discuss the critical issues and goals that affect his or her success and act on them. If mentoring is to be successful as a tool for the empowering of employees, it must be truly diverse – representing everyone within the organization."

College to the Workplace: The John Deere Experience
Speakers: Quasadia Limbrick

The purpose of this workshop is to inform students about the opportunities John Deere provides for college students as well as recent graduates. The students will learn about our summer internship opportunities as well as our Engineering Development Program (EDP), which is the primary hiring avenue for new college graduates. We will also highlight the importance of Diversity and Inclusion to the global nature of Deere. The workshop will conclude with a Q&A session with a panelist of John Deere employees from various engineering backgrounds

A Glimpse Into Energy: US Energy Trends, Technologies and Policy
Speaker: Ryan D. Taylor

This presentation will walk attendees through key aspects of the energy industry, specifically how different generation assets are present in United States energy mix.

Decoding the Message
Speakers: Portia Isaac and Claudette Bradford

The objective of this workshop is to understand the crucial role that feedback plays in a deliberate career path, whether you are just getting started with a first-time internship or well into your career . The presenters will explain the importance of requesting feedback, irrespective of a formal process being in place. In an ideal situation, the person giving feedback will provide measured, actionable suggestions on how to become a better employee. However, often times in the corporate space (e.g., summer internship, co-op, or full-time), feedback can be vague and limited in value.  As a result, year-after-year, an employee may hear that they are “too nice”, “too quiet”, or "doing okay" without any sense of how that affects their work output or why that is stopping them from reaching their full potential. This workshop will explore how to actively assess and understand all types of feedback. The presenters will give recommendations on how to make actionable improvements, while the conclusion of the session will provide key takeaways to translate improvements into keys for success."

Building Against Bias: Fairness in Machine Learning and AI, Presented by Google

With machine learning and AI's increased contributions to our daily lives, there is an increased focus on identifying harmful or discriminatory biases that appear in some algorithms. These biases usually stem from human biases and have the potential to have negative real-life implications. Join Googlers/YouTubers in discussing the importance of Fairness within ML/AI.

Understanding Circuits in your Cell Phone
Speakers: Harry Kennedy

"In this hands-on workshop, students will understand what makes their cell phones work - circuits. Join the process of creating circuits, and leave with your very own circuit board.

Sponsored by HAK Electronics - Simplifying Technology for Students of All Ages."

User Centered Design at Harley-Davidson
Speaker: Cindy Miller

User Centered Design (UCD) a framework focusing on the user throughout the design and development process.  But, how is this accomplished in the real world?  This workshop will focus on how Harley-Davidson Motor Company integrates ergonomics and human computer interaction (HCI) into designing motorcycles.  The discussion includes how many different engineering disciplines are an input and output to the process.  The workshop will conclude with a hands-on activity to allow attendees to apply learnings on how to build a design and communicate it to a customer.

10 Steps to Becoming a 501c3 Non-Profit, the EZ Way
Speaker: Khalia Braswell

Often times we want to do good work in the community both for free and without establishing any real structure. This workshop will show attendees how to go about becoming a 501c3 non-profit organization using the Form 1023-EZ.

Designing The Future of Supply Chain (One Engineer At a Time)
Speaker: Eric Okoye & Alex Berry

"Many of us grew up playing with Legos, building computers, crafting spreadsheets, fixing cars, and creating our own research projects. We were told from an early age that we were the thinkers, the tinkerers, the coders, the dreamers, the analytical artists. And naturally, we were guided down the STEM-laden rabbit hole that is engineering.

But for some engineers, after 2-5 years of school and a few internships you may have come to the stark realization that your specific field of engineering might not be for you. It’s too late to change your major, and you still love engineering - just maybe not “your” engineering. You don’t want a way OUT of the technical space, but a way IN to a dynamic career that can creatively leverage the expertise you have already built up.

So for the engineer-in-transition, we invite you to come and learn the “Secrets” to making a shift into the emerging, dynamic career field of supply chain. What’s supply chain: It is the cross disciplinary business function that brings together suppliers, manufacturing, logistics, sales, and data management. The supply chain is everywhere and every company has one!  Just look around the room. The furniture, your portfolios, our laptops, or even that coffee you’re drinking all had to be Planned, Sourced, Manufactured, and Delivered. It is no surprise that supply chain spending represents $13.5 Trillion or 15% of global GDP.

This workshop will include a supply chain overview and an interactive session that will cover

  1. What is supply chain? | How to make an academic shift without changing major?
  2. How to get involved professional? | Major certifications to make you competitive in the job hunt.
  3. Case studies of how different majors can get into supply chain, making immediate and long term impact.
  4. Examples of how companies are using supply chain to enable their corporate social responsibility."

Avoid "Oops!" in your design: Learn about Intel's commitment to quality
Speaker: Dammy Olopade

No one wants to buy a product that sometimes works, especially as we transition to the age of having machines all around us (drones, autonomous cars, etc.). As designs get more-and-more complex, and the scope/scale of its operation spans multiple devices (all running on different clocks), guaranteeing a deterministic design (predictable behavior) requires special practices. Join Intel at this workshop to preview various steps taken to guarantee quality early in the design phase, and avoid costly “Oops!” (time and money) in the manufacturing, testing, and shipping of the product.

Internet of Things: Answering the world's problems by driving innovation with smart and connected devices
Speaker: Darnika Riley

The Internet of Things (IoT) is revolutionize how the world interacts with technology as solutions to some of the problems that we encounter on a day-to-day basis.  This workshop will provide a brief overview of the Internet IoT ecosystem including hardware, software & technologies; discuss how companies like Intel are creating the ingredients designed to successfully answer the technical and business challenges, and cover what are the key skills that professionals need to prepare you for the future - a smart and connected world.

Taking the leap – Assessing career opportunities and making tough choices

"There is no straight ladder to career success and sometimes we seek new opportunities and sometimes, they find us. Learn how to think strategically about your career and professional development to access when is the right time to take a leap, make a change or chart a new path.  Panelists will share insights into their career path and how they successful navigated personal aspirations and choices to define and reshape their career trajectory.

Participants will be able to…

  • Understand different strategies for career growth and advancement
  • Recognize the importance of building a strong network and advocating for yourself
  • Apply decision framework tools to make tough career choices"

"Making the Great Transition: (Excelling from the College World to the Real World)"
Speaker: Brian Thomas

Making The Great Transition" Are you ready for Corporate America? Target audience: College Students and Recent Grads(Young Professionals)

The transition from the College World to the Real World can be a daunting and treacherous endeavor for many college students. “Making the Great Transition” will provide very tactical strategies that can be applied well before crossing the stage. These skills will help maximize the college student and young professional experience and launch your career towards greatness​

Shoot for the STARs: Interview with Confidence
Speaker: Kenneth (Ken) Garrett

Why wasn’t I selected for an interview? I have all the skills required for that positon, am I doing something wrong?”  Many of these questions come into play when you thought the interview went great, but found out later you didn't get the position. Maybe its time re-evaluate your interviewing skills.

With so much competition in the workforce, what steps are you taking to ensure you leave your absolute best impression? Is your elevator pitch the most efficient use of your words about you, does it need a touch of “finesse”? How confident are you when talking about yourself and your abilities? Your ability to articulate and demonstrate your abilities will set you apart from your competition. Let Lockheed Martin help you become self-presentation savvy in this professional skills defining workshop that will help you nail that next interview.

In this workshop, we will focus on those critical interview communication skills and teaching the STAR (Situation; Task; Action; Result) method for interviews. Additionally we will be executing role play and mock interviews, which allow the audience to be interviewers and see first-hand good vs bad examples in a small group setting. This will allow the audience to evaluate candidates, to determine how suitable the candidate is for a particular role as well point out the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to interviewing. Additionally participants will get to fine tune their elevator speeches to help set the tone of any interview, and also allow them to stand out when networking with various employers.

The 5W's of Finding A Mentor
Speaker: Damien L. Butler

This workshop will help students and young professionals create a checklist of characteristics of future mentors while perhaps being a mentor themselves. The 5 W's explores the relationship building process, the pitfalls, challenges, rewards and reasons why mentorship is important and necessary.

Too Cool For School: An Internet of Things Workshop
Speaker: Gabrielle Crevecoeur

As engineers we always want to stay on top of the technology trends! Let Microsoft help you stay ahead of the curve by participating in our fun Internet of Things (IoT) workshop.

In this workshop, students will leave with a hands on experience on how embedded electronics can be used to gather data and how it is all handled on the cloud. We will start with teaching attendees about embedded hardware, micro-controllers and how they work. Following, will be a step by step coding section where a mixture of C programming and JavaScript will be used to control their micro-controllers and communicate with the cloud. Lastly with some fun and friendly competitions, attendees will leave with a personal mini project that truly shows how their devices can gather data and can be used for future  IoT projects.

Build Your Professional Brand on LinkedIn
Speaker: Emily D'Andrea & Ty Heath

Whether you are a rising executive or an entrepreneur looking to expand your business, creating a professional brand that stands out to the right audience is your key to success. What do your customers, associates, employees, or peers say about you? Your answer to that question defines your professional brand.

In this workshop, you will receive hands-on education of LinkedIn as a relationship-building tool. You will learn how to build and optimize your profile to help you best display your professional brand, and you will receive tactical training on how to grow your network strategically while engaging thoughtfully. In addition, you will learn how to be an authentic online communicator while simultaneously building your own thought leadership.

Engineers Do That?!

This workshop's purpose is to discuss unique engineering applications and career choices. It would be ideal if multiple engineering students or professionals with unique engineering careers could be represented to expand the attendees perception of what engineering can be.

Grad School, Industry, and Everything Else
Speakers: Racheida Lewis, Khalia Braswell

Engineering degrees can open the door to various career paths beyond traditional engineering. How can we utilize our engineering backgrounds to make changes in various fields? Hear from a panel of engineering graduates who have used their technical skills to pursue passions in music, non-profits, education, and more.

Entrepreneurship at Any Age

This workshop will give students the opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship and how they can become an entrepreneur. It is meant to be inspirational and reinforce the fact that students have endless opportunities while in pursuit of and after obtaining their engineering degree.

Writing Technical Papers Made Easy - The Space SIG Technique
Speaker: Racheal Hill

The Space SIG will hold its 5th biennial Aerospace Systems Conference (NSBE-ASC) in August 2018 in the Washington DC Metro Area.  Non-minority technical societies such as AIAA, ASME, ASCE, IEEE, and others routinely hold multiple technical conferences every year where their members present technical papers describing work they have conducted in their fields.  It serves as a way to obtain peer review/critique on their discoveries, document their techniques, establish themselves as experts in their field, and enables their companies or agencies to announce new initiatives and gain feedback from the rest of the industry.  These conferences also feature trade shows where companies and agencies display current programs, inventions, and capabilities in pursuit of collaborations, suppliers, and customers.  Sadly, African Americans are sorely underrepresented in these conferences and many Black engineers spend their careers unaware of how their coworkers leverage these conferences to advance their careers.  The Space SIG created NSBE-ASC to begin to counter this disparity.  ASC both documents the excellence of Blacks in aerospace and serves as a safe point of entry for African Americans to author their first technical paper.  While authoring a paper can be psychologically intimidating to new authors, the Space SIG has developed a technique to make the process relatively easy to navigate.  This workshop is an interactive session that will walk participants through the selection of a topic and developing a high level outline and short abstract.  Participants must bring a laptop or tablet with a connected keyboard and will leave the workshop with a completed technical paper abstract.

Participants will be engaged as this is an active document creation session where they will be guided through a series of steps they will complete on their own computing devices.

Leveraging Your Engineering Degree for Employment & Innovation
Speaker: Braxton K. Davis, Esq

A little known fact is patent law is the only area of law where one can practice without going to law school. Becoming a technical specialist or patent agent only requires having an engineering/science degree and working for a law firm or having an engineering/science degree and passing the patent bar. There is massive opportunity for engineers/scientists in this field because they can do the same work as patent attorneys and make better salaries than typical engineers. Furthermore, for those considering law school, employment in this industry can place you in a position have law school paid for.  Additionally, most engineers, at some point, will have patentable ideas. So knowing how to protect those patentable ideas is a must for any innovators in todays economy. Attendees to this workshop will learn which engineering degrees are highly sought after, how to transition into this field seamlessly, how to protect their own innovations, how to make themselves more marketable to employers, and what skill sets are needed to ensure success.

Engineering Professionals solving Community Based Problems
Speaker: Charles Douglas

The NSBE Public Policy SIG wants to equip engineering professionals with the skills, strategies, and approaches to solve complex community-based issues.

This interactive workshop will introduce participants to key strategies to tackling complex community-based issues. Participants will be divided into communities and asked to develop a solution to address issues in transportation, urban infrastructure, secure cyberspace, clean water access, technology-knowledge transfer, education, genetic engineering, economics, or education.  However, groups must abide by the rules of engagement and use only the resources provided.  A Council of Advisor will approve or disapprove their efforts and final plans.

This is a 90 minute interactive social experiment designed to uncover biases, economic inequities, leadership attitudes, and problem solution failures. The ultimate goal is to understand how best to apply strategic thinking to solving complex problems.

The post-mortem for the activity will be lead by a behavioral scientist and local community leader.

Does a low GPA mean that you’re doomed? We don’t believe that and neither should you! Brought to you by Raytheon
Speaker: Dr. Jeffery P. Tate

Build Something from Nothing:  Entrepreneurs of Today
Speaker: Kareem Howell, Esq.

This workshop will introduce NSBE students to entrepreneurship.  Given the nature of their studies, many engineering students do not hear much about entrepreneurship in college.

Getting through against all odds-The Possibility Perspective
Speaker: Oluwaseyi Obiyemi

This workshop amplifies the potential and possibility in achieving anything by overcoming all obstacles either academically or in the workplace.

While we consciously encourage and celebrate academic excellence and professional achievements, things could go wrong and we might not look like a best fit to be celebrated.

Irrespective of the flaws and challenges, there are huge possibilities of getting back up as I share my story of how I did this- eventually rising to become an executive in my organization and also owning a thriving business in Lagos, Nigeria.

Keys to Early Career Decision Making
Speaker: Trae Jennette

This workshop will work to unpack ideas which are essential to make smart decisions, particularly at a young age. These three ideas are as follows.

  • Honesty. Until this point, most young engineers have been taught or told what to do and how to maneuver most situations in life. As adults, they now assume full responsibility of their actions and must view decision making through their own eyes and not the eyes of their stakeholders, as they are the ones who must live with the choices they make. With a clear, honest outlook, they will be able to set goals and determine what in life they value most. Having goals that align with their values will provide a strong sense of direction in life.
  • Preparation. Once values have been determined and goals have been set, the young engineer should prepare themselves for what people who take a path similar to theirs, encounters. This can be done by researching the steps required to complete a certain goal, or finding out how others were able to achieve a similar goal, through networking or asking questions. Preparation also includes contingency planning and developing a strong set of backup plans.
  • Activity. Young engineers should understand that the best time to try new things and pursue aspirations is when you are young (no family, no kids, in general). As engineers we tend to become overwhelmed by analyzing our situation, and never actually pursue anything because the opportunity is missed after spending an immense amount of time thinking about it. Thus, we must actively pursue the desires of our heart, as that is where we will find fulfillment in our careers. Activity should be carried out with honest, and proper preparation at the forefront.

"Wonder of Flight and Paper Airplane Contest" Sponsored by The Boeing Company
Speakers: Madeline Augustin; Troy Thompson

An interactive and hands-on workshop on the study of flight and what makes planes fly. Students will be challenged in an interactive knowledge base session where an overview of airplane design and review of key flight principles to aid students in construction a paper airplane design. Students will have an opportunity to participate in a paper airplane fly-off to compete for prizes. This workshop will provide students insight on Aviation history, the 4 forces of flight and an opportunity to put their new found knowledge to the test. This workshop will be both interactive and hand-on. Students will also participate in the Paper Airplane Contest, where they can create a unique paper airplane design to be judged for best design and best distance.

"I3 Your Career: Ignite your career | Imagine the possibilities | Innovate the path" Brought to You By The Boeing Company
Speaker: Alexander Sellers; John Browning; Tara Melton; Kimberly Sledge

Workshop attendees will learn tips that can be utilized to successfully maximize their career. Attendees will be provided with tips on networking, boosting their career, giving back, portraying a good image, being proactive, having long-term success in their career, and managing their finances.

Speaker: Eunice Heath

At Dow, we have a legacy of innovation, leadership and action in sustainability. As we look ahead, we are committed to going beyond our current capabilities and the reach of our products and solutions. We pursue game-changing collaboration opportunities to set a higher bar for social and environmental progress. We aim to advance the well-being of humanity by helping lead the transition to a sustainable planet and society.

Driven by our rapidly expanding global population, we ensure our unique chemical, physical and biological science capabilities work together to provide innovative products and solutions, where they are needed most.

Dow responding to global challenges

As the earth’s population continues to rise in the years to come, current and future generations will face huge environmental and sustainability challenges. Dow and the scientific community recognize these global challenges and are confronting them head on.

  • By 2025, 1.8 billion people will live in water-scarce regions
  • By 2030, the UN estimates that 40% of the world’s population will lack adequate housing.
  • By 2030, the world’s middle class will double in size -- as will the need for more sustainable consumer goods.
  • By 2050, global energy use is projected to grow by two-thirds.
  • By 2050, global demand for food could increase by 60%.
  • By 2030, the world will need up to $67 trillion in infrastructure investments
  • By 2050, global transport volume for passengers and goods will more than double.

Delivering on these regional and world challenges requires next generation talent with a sustainable mind set and way of thinking.

Please join, Eunice Heath, Global Director of Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability in this workshop to explore YOUR role to tackle the world’s challenges.

Build Brand YOU!
Speaker: Corbin J. Pickett

Life is all about relationships. More particularly, building and leveraging positive relationships to grow and develop towards our vision of success. Our brand is the gateway to building these relationships.

Through an informative and interactive workshop, I discuss strategies and tips on how we all can build and leverage our personal brand to cultivate purposeful relationships, to successfully navigate towards our goals and dreams. Whether seeking mentors, a job, networking or on social media, we are at our best when we are intentional in how we build our brand and relationships.

Black Dignitaries Representing Transportation, Engineering & Construction Organizations

"This workshop will celebrate Blacks in Transportation, Engineering and Construction Firms.  Starting, leading and running an engineering/construction company is fairly easy.  The challenge is staying in business and remaining profitable.  This session will introduce some of the premier engineering firms as they discuss their journey towards leadership and entrepreneurship.

This round-table will bring together CEOs, Engineers and Designers from the transportation and infrastructure industry. The discussion will focus on the business development, client servicing, education, background, steps to start a business, bidding on projects and successful completion of the contracts they were involved in. The panel will also discuss the challenges as a DBE and how the DBE programs can help their business and the challenges working for Prime Contractors."

Hosting Your Own Career Fair
Speaker: Nigel Davis

This presentation is targeted at NSBE members throughout the country who are interested in providing their members with more internship and full-time opportunities. At the University of Florida, our NSBE chapter holds our own career fair called "Gators Connecting with Corporate" in which we bring in 15-20 companies to recruit NSBE members in a more intimate setting than that of a huge career fair. The workshop would teach attendees how to reach out to companies, advertising strategies and logistics. We think that this workshop would be a great opportunity to help NSBE members develop professionally!

Social Impact

Strategies for Becoming a Dynamic Tech Executive
Speaker: Abby Knowles

Data shows that African Americans receive the lowest percentage of STEM bachelors degrees (14%), and our representation is further significantly reduced at the executive level in the tech sector (2 to 5% per US EEO Commission 2014). Yet, according to a McKinsey study, companies with more diverse workforces perform better financially. And the topic of diversity in tech has never been more prevalent! So how do you prepare to fill this important need? This interactive session probes strategies for African Americans and people of color in advancing their careers in the tech sector.

This is My Journey, This is My Life!
Speaker: SaLisa L. Berrien

This session will focus on the necessary skill-sets required to build a successful business with a team of people that are willing to support you.  The workshop will be conducted from a storytelling format utilizing the presenter's journey as the backdrop for the life lessons.  The attendees  will leave with understanding the importance of the following keys to success:

  1. Mindset
  2. Positive Self-Talk
  3. Circle of Influence (COI)"

INTech Camp for Girls
Speaker: Khalia Braswell

In this workshop, attendees will learn what computer science is and how it impacts their every day lives, they will meet women in the tech industry, and they will also work in groups to build a technology product that focuses on a social issue of their choice.

NSBE Members building the STEM Pipeline with Independent Education Programs
Speaker: Dr. Njema J. Frazier

Since 1975, there have been a host of NSBE members that have taken their passions "outside the wall" to further academic success and ultimately produce Engineers. Programs like the Algebra by 7th Grade Initiative and STEMulates are changing the equation on the number of unrepresented minorities who will be prepared, eligible, and on track to major in STEM fields in College.

This workshop will feature long-time Members who have taken their NSBE passion to schools and cities across the country with independent STEM education programs to "increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically"."

Safe Space Workshop
Speaker: Faith Carter & Christopher Carr

This workshop will be about educating allies on how to support and be allies to members of the LGBTQIA+ community. Many of the concepts set forth will also be applicable in educating attendees on how to be allies other marginalized communities as well.

Data Science solving Public Policy and Social Problems
Speaker: Charles Douglas III

The NSBE Public Policy SIG wants to further the use of data science in policy research and practice.

Applied data science can be used to address public policy and social problems. Conducting research in data science and public policy and supporting applied research projects with government and non-profit partners is important for  solve high-impact social problems, and create scalable, data-driven systems for improving public health, education, public safety, and economic development.

This roundtable will bring together data scientists, researchers, and practitioners from Computer Science, Statistics, Math, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, and Public Policy. The discussion will focus on  the use of design and systems thinking to develop reusable, open-source software tools and data products. The group will also discuss methods and tools from predictive analytics and machine learning with rigorous social science methods to help solve large-scale social challenges."

Leading in STEM Workforce Initiatives Panel Discussion
Speaker: Marie Little

Discussions with leading STEM Higher Education, Mentoring, and STEM Workforce advocates from academia, industry and government.

Cereal Doesn’t Grow on Trees!
Speaker: Jay Flores

Get excited about the power of STEM with entertaining educational examples of how math and science are part of everything from cereal to superheroes, cartoons, and even video games! Then learn to inspire youth to look around and see the real-life application of STEM in their daily lives, and take personal action to become engaged with them. Your outreach programs are going to get an exciting makeover that is still very educational and even more effective in reaching youth on their terms!

Learning Objectives:

  • Learning Objective 1 Innovative approach to K-12 STEM outreach
  • Learning Objective 2 Better understanding of how to reach youth on their terms
  • Learning Objective 3 Methods to make K-12 STEM outreach both entertaining and educational"

Be a Bridge: Overcoming gaps in social and personal understanding
Speaker: Melody Brooke

In these turbulent times is sometimes hard to stay calm and have understanding for those with differing opinions and beliefs than ours.  Their views can sometimes feel like a personal attack and throw us into primitive, often destructive responses. Little is more important to our personal and professional lives than understanding how to bridge those divides and have respectful, compassionate conversations.  This workshop takes you through the way our brain works in these situations and helps you to come to understanding of yourself, and others; providing understanding and tools for overcoming the gaps in that understanding. Practical and logical, this workshop can help heal even the most painful divides. The tools and understanding presented with change how you see everything taking place in the world, and in your life. Experiential processes will deepen the experience and cement it in muscle memory.

"How to start a STEM Club in your community?" Sponsored by The Boeing Company
Speaker: Babatunde Olude

The digital divide is defined as "The gulf between those who have ready access to computers and the internet, and those who do not." In addition, those basic needs we have a need in our community to use those tools in a way that maximizes them to benefit our future. This workshop will give young students a framework for how to start a STEM Club in their community and reasons why they would want to.

Rewriting the Golden Rule: How to treat others the way THEY want to be treated.
Speaker: Dwight Williams and Koree Hood

We thought we had the key to how to treat others and we’ve been wrong all along. In this innovative and interactive workshop, participants will explore inclusivity through the lens of empathy and identity. Attendees will inquire strategies and techniques to recognize how to connect and understand others; starting with themselves. Imagine and discover the key to unlocking yourself and others.

Girl Talk Wind down
Speakers: Valerie Thomas and Mary McWilliams

n this laid back, intimate evening workshop/event, women will openly discuss topics such as social media, healthy relationships/friendships, body positivity, stress management, stress management, communication and family.

You must be 21 years or older to attend this workshop.

Social Impact-Engineering a Difference Where the Opportunities Are
Speakers: Ronald Stubblefield & Shapri Generette

When we talk about opportunities in engineering, the conversations typically involve the private sector and academic-based paths. However, one key area in which engineers are drastically needed is in the public sector via the public policy, public administration, and social entrepreneurship/impact spaces. As the baby boomer generation retires out of the workforce, there will be an increasing number of opportunities in this areas. The challenge faced by many in taking filling this void is threefold. First, too many engineers do not understand the role engineers can place in public policy and administration and how their skills can have a meaningful social impact in this sector.  Second. many engineers lack the skill set to go cross-functional within policy development and administration. Third many lack the knowledge on how to leverage their skill set to take advantage of these opportunities.

This panel addresses these three issues. It will be led by Mr. Ron Stubblefield. JD, MS who serves as the Special Assistant to the Executive Director of the National African American Drug Policy Coalition, Enhanced Services Manager for the South Baltimore Gateway Partnership. It will also be led by Ms. Shapri Generette, a current MPP/MBA student at Harvard and MIT who advises and develops startups focused on public sector impact.


Identifying Counterspaces to Enhance Self Care for Black Female Engineers
Speakers: Dr. Brooke Coley: LaDahvia Flournoy Fowler, Elyse Okwu

Black females graduate students and professionals in engineering often have to navigate challenging environments that expose them to microagressions, stereotype threats and racial battle fatigue.  During this interactive workshop the presenters will provide the attendees with a positive counterspace to engage in restorative discussions to promote:  1) the identification of social spaces where Black women in engineering can gain support to maintain and deliver professionally; 2) the importance of self-care as a method to replenish Black women in engineering fields; and 3) strategies to change the negative aspects of the engineering culture to be more inclusive of Black female engineers.

Bitcoin, Blockchain & Black Liberation
Speaker: Sinclair Skinner

A Progressive Conversation On the Generational Differences Facing Corporate America
Speaker: Kenton D. Gills and Charlene Price Smith

All companies have established veterans and experienced personnel, however if companies want to continue to grow, develop, and remain competitive, they must bring in new talent—interns or new college graduates.  These “fresh minds” are typically young, unmolded people who are given the space to offer newer, fresher, “boundless” perspective.  However, a truly healthy company has a culture that balances youth, experience, and wisdom.

Our workshop will offer attendees the opportunity to explore the generational differences mentioned in social society that undoubtedly exist in Corporate America.  We will foster a healthy, positive discussion and bring in concert the attributes and values that these various groups uniquely bring to today’s corporate world.  Those in attendance who seek to understand and navigate these dynamics to their advantage will be best positioned to cultivate a fertile environment for growth, progress, and efficient execution on an increasingly competitive global landscape.

An Introvert's Guide to Networking in the IT Industry

Introverts. The inward-facing. The introspective. Those who are energized by time to themselves, which often results in their best ideas. It is hard enough for introverts to engage in small talk in this noisy world - to open up and let strangers in. Let alone to accomplish this feat in a world where technology is so pervasive that everyone is an expert but few have demonstrated mastery. This workshop will focus on strategies to help introverts emerge from their shell and push themselves into unfamiliar waters in order to ensure that their voice is heard, and to achieve boundless success.

How to Obtain an Internship as a freshman or sophomore
Speaker: Lynne Daniels

This session will provide an inside look at what companies look for when selecting underclassmen for internships.  We will share which work experiences and accomplishments from high school are important to retain on the resume, how to network for these roles and also provide insight on preparing to meet with recruiters.

Wellness & Harmony: Balancing stellar performance with personal well-being in a chaotic world
Speaker: Leon Nash

Through this workshop, we will highlight the importance of emotional, mental, and physical care while in the high stress environments of academia, the workplace, and the community.

Attendees will leave with tips and techniques to help balance increasing rigor and demands.

Career Crisis:  Success vs. Failure
Speakers: Ludger Marsan and Gene Daniels

Nowadays, we live in times whereby messages from television, advertising, and marketing are powerful forces that define what we want and how we view ourselves. We are told that some careers are respectable and some are not.  Therefore, we tend to flock towards the respectable ones, and when they change or not pan out as desired, we lose interest, become discouraged and / or halt our pursuit. We are always highly open to suggestions on what we should be doing or what we should strive for, but at what cost?

Any version of success must define what the associated failure is . . . and must determine is it worth it. The objective of this workshop is to help ensure that our ideas of success are truly our own and not what others or society have defined for us.  Also, the presenters will further explore the downside of chasing someone's else ideal of success."

So you want to be a problem-solver? A day in the life of a consultan
Speakers: Tony Awojoodu, Vyran George, Jacob Tzegaegbe

What is a consultant? Those who watch House of Lies might have a general sense but many people don't quite understand who consultants are and what they do. Engineers and Scientists, in particular, are often in the dark when it comes to consulting. Consulting companies, traditionally, have focused on hiring generalists and business-trained individuals. Technically-trained individuals, like engineers and scientists, however, possess the very skills required to succeed in consulting: analytical strength, creativity, ability to work in dynamic teams, leadership, etc. McKinsey has come to realize the value of engineers and scientists in solving business problems and has increasingly opened its doors to engineers and scientists.

This workshops seeks to explain what consulting is as well as describe the value of engineers when it comes to solving consulting problems. The presentation will begin with an introduction to McKinsey & Company, the world's leading management consulting firm. Next, the workshop will detail "a day in the life of a consultant" to describe the type of work that consultants generally do. Lastly, the workshop will show a short video describing "why diversity matters" at McKinsey & Company and in corporate America more broadly.

The goal of this workshop is to increase the awareness of consulting opportunities for NSBE members and elucidate the types of problems and projects that consultants work on. We hope that all participants walk away with a refreshed understanding of consulting and an invigorated excitement about opportunities with McKinsey & Company.

A Geek's Perspective on Unconscious Bias: What It Is, What It Does, and How to Mitigate It
Speakers: Kendra Williams

Learn how unconscious bias affects everyone (yes, even you!), how it shows up in our daily lives, our teams, and broader organizations. More importantly, learn research-based steps you can take to mitigate the effects of unconscious bias.

The Problem: A legacy system has been used to do much more than its original design specification ever called for. The users have developed problematic workarounds for an otherwise intractable Big Data problem. The negative effects of workarounds impede optimal use of resources and cause organizational friction. Unfortunately, the legacy system cannot be replaced, and upgrades are unlikely in the near future. The system in question? The human brain.

The Approach: Use research-based processes and techniques shown to reduce cognitive biases in order to account for unconscious bias, trigger more conscious processing when we need it most, and reduce the data our conscious minds recognize as irrelevant, but our unconscious bias uses to make poor decisions.

The Benefit: Help our diverse teams mitigate the effects of unconscious bias to achieve their full potential.

What will you do differently, once you know what everyone does unconsciously?

Chapter Development Series: Academic Programming

The purpose of the workshop is to provide training in the area of programming by using an example (or examples) of a creative academic or mission oriented event for the benefit of collegiate members a chapter has hosted successfully and achieved positive results. The workshop will be presented by leaders of a host collegiate chapter and coordinated by the National NLI Chair. This workshop is a part of a series of workshops dedicated to chapter development training.

Chapter Development Series: Membership Recruitment

The purpose of the workshop is to provide training in the area of membership recruitment by using an example (or examples) of a creative event or recruitment method a chapter has used successfully and achieved positive results. The workshop will be presented by leaders of a host collegiate chapter and coordinated by the National NLI Chair. This workshop is a part of a series of workshops dedicated to chapter development training.

Pathways to NSBE Leadership
Speakers: Racheida Lewis (moderator); Panelists: Shannen Greer, Rachel Judge, Shabir Bhegani, Kasey Coleman, Nosakhre Eke, Tranice' Warner

Learn about different pathways towards joining NSBE leadership. Not everyone's pathway is the same and you're not restricted to a hierarchal staircase in order to move up in leadership. Learn from current leaders about their journey and how they balance responsibilities.

Innovate the NSBE Collegiate Chapter Experience
Speakers: Tasha Zephirin

"Despite 44 years of NSBE members working diligently to “increase the number”, enrollment and graduation rates of Black engineers within the US has remained relatively stagnant.  As an organization this deficit has been recognized and resulted in a target goal of graduating 10K Black Engineers by 2025.  An important part of this effort includes collegiate NSBE Chapters playing a role in increasing the number of Black engineering students that graduate with an engineering degree at their institutions.

One recent research study explores how participation in a collegiate NSBE chapter at a predominantly white institution can aid in the retention of Black engineering students. Involvement in this chapter is associated with more equitable outcomes for Black engineering students, with Black engineering student members graduating at higher rates (53% - 60%) than Black engineering students who were not members (26% – 30%). A follow-up study includes interviews with current students and other stakeholders involved with the chapter, such as university faculty and staff and alumni, who describe their experience with the chapter and why they think participation is worthwhile.

This workshop will present preliminary findings from these interviews and engage attendees in interactive discussions around key elements of this chapter that contribute to student success as well as the untapped potential that future chapter leaders and members can leverage. Participants will be provided frameworks to help them strategically think about their own chapter experiences in different institutional contexts and how chapter members and leaders can prioritize or adapt activities to positively contribute to our collective 10K goal. In addition, collegiate chapter members, leaders, and advisors can use these frameworks to effectively communicate the value of participation in a NSBE Chapter to potential members and advocates."

Courageous Conversations on Diversity & Inclusion
Speakers: Candace Barnes & Michele Matthai

While increasing the number of under-represented groups in technology is partially about opening up opportunities to do so, it's also about a serious cultural shift. In this session you will discover the secrets to creating culture transformation by example of one company (Rockwell Automation), and the courageous conversations that made it happen. You will learn and practice tools for action, and will partner with others to discuss workplace challenges.  Come learn how you can enhance your inclusive leadership skills to create fundamental culture shifts at work.


Rockwell Automation received the prestigious Catalyst Award in 2017 for the transformation and results of our Culture of Inclusion journey. The Catalyst Award  honors innovative organizational approaches with proven, measurable results that address the recruitment, development, and advancement of women.

This culture transformation was made possible through multiple approaches of engaging all employees, including white men, in this effort. This session will give participants an overview of inclusion strategies that work, and how to start the conversation for sustainable results.

Renewing Your Mind With Renewables!
Speaker: Tequila Smith

Process Improvement 101

This workshop provides an overview of the DMAIC process improvement strategy. DMAIC is an abbreviation of the five improvement steps it comprises: Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control. All of the DMAIC process steps are required and always proceed in the given order. DMAIC refers to a data-driven quality strategy for improving processes, and is an integral part of a company’s Six Sigma Quality Initiative.

The workshop is taught by two Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belts from the NSBE Process Improvement Special Interest Group, SIG, with over 20+ years combined experience of completing progressively challenging projects from people, processes and operations.

To increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community. Visit NSBE.org for more information.

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