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April 13, 2015

NSBE chapter travels to California for annual conference

By Ashli Speed


Six Cleveland State University students attended the 41st annual convention of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) in Anaheim, Calif. on March 25-29.

NSBE is a nonprofit organization with more than 300,000 members world-wide and 242 collegiate chapters.

Cleveland State is one of those chapters and has been since 1993.
More than 50 companies were represented along with high school and college students and professionals.

“It is a great opportunity to network and learn from other chapters,” said Ariel Stiggers, junior chemical engineering major and president of Cleveland State’s NSBE chapter.

The group attended hoping to gain ideas on how to reach out to the student body and increase retention of their members.

Attending the conference proved worthwhile as students benefited in many different ways.

During the conference, students were able to interact with professionals as well as members of other collegiate chapters.

Along with networking, students had the opportunity to learn about their fields from a professional perspective.

“Networking, getting myself out there, learning more ways to be professional in the work field, how to navigate through the corporate life and also gaining more ideas for our chapter from other NSBE chapters,” Stiggers said, on what students gained from attending the conference.

The conference consisted of various sessions for members to attend, seminars, lectures from professionals, a career fair and sessions specific to leadership roles.

Claudine Lacado, a junior Chemical Engineering major and vice president of Cleveland State’s chapter, said she hopes they will be able to apply what they learned in California here at Cleveland State.

“I want to hold more professional sessions that would reflect the whole idea behind NSBE, allowing students to see there are no limits to what they can achieve,” Lacado said.

The trip was made possible by two corporate sponsors, GE Lighting and Turner Electric, the College of Engineering and chapter funds. Students paid only the cost of registration.

Cleveland State's Julian Earls was also present at the conference.
Earls is the former director of the NASA Glenn Research Center and is currently the executive-in-residence for the Monte Ahuja College of Business.

He received the Lifetime Achievement in Government award at NSBE"s 18th annual Golden Torch Awards March 29.

Next year’s convention will be held in Boston.

NSBE membership is open to people of all races.

Leaders of the NSBE chapter at Cleveland State said they hope to branch out more on Cleveland State’s campus and increase engagement with the university community.