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National Society of Black Engineers returns to NMSU

The National Society of Black Engineers is reestablishing itself as an active student organization within the community at New Mexico State University. The rekindling of the group happens to coincide with Black History Month.

NSBE's mission is "to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community."

"NSBE's NMSU chapter started a few years back, but we only had a few students involved," said Festus Addo-Yobo, advisor and director of NMSU's Black Programs. "Now the students have come together to support each other. There are about 32 students in the organization and they are doing a great job."

Vanessa Fai-Yengo, NSBE's president and chemical engineering student, said the group has received positive reception from the College of Engineering, as well as other students.

At present, NSBE is trying to raise money to send some of its members to the national conference scheduled for March 28 in Pittsburgh.

"We are hoping to send ten members to the national conference after spring break," said Fai-Yengo. "We are working with the College of Engineering and we'll be fundraising."

NSBE is also focusing its efforts on community service, going to local high schools to help tutor students in math and science, so that incoming engineering students will be better prepared to succeed when they get to NMSU.

Frederick Crawford, a chemical engineering graduate student and co-advisor of the organization, said that after transferring from Ohio State University last summer, he was somewhat surprised to learn that NSBE wasn't active at NMSU.

After meeting with professors to develop the organization, Crawford was appointed co-advisor because of his extensive background and experience in working with NSBE's Ohio chapter.

"We're going to hold meetings, tutoring, and social events such as bowling," he said. "We're going to tutor students from Las Cruces high schools and have professional guest speakers at meetings."

Before joining NSBE, Crawford worked closely with the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and said the organization will continue to do so.

"We want to promote culturally responsible black engineers that can help society," he said. "We also are looking to help people on campus to give back to the community."

For more information on NSBE, email Frederick Crawford at crawf412@nmsu.edu. Meetings are held Thursdays at 5 p.m. in Garcia Annex Room 135. The organization is open to students in all engineering disciplines.