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Pittsburgh Mayor recognizes Pitt chapter of National Society of Black Engineers with NSBE Day in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (November 11, 2014) … To celebrate the history of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and its success in attracting the organization's Region II conference to Pittsburgh, City of Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto declared Friday, November 14, 2014 as "National Society of Black Engineers Day."

The proclamation recognizes the efforts of NSBE's Region II, which will hold its Fall Regional Conference November 14-16 at the DoubleTree Hilton in Greentree. The Region II chairperson is Pitt senior Ashley McCray, whose major is chemical engineering, and the conference planning chair is Pitt senior Marcus Jordan, whose major is industrial engineering.

"I would like to thank the Pittsburgh community for their ongoing support of NSBE and urge us all to take advantage of the plethora of opportunities presented at this year's Fall Regional Conference," Ms. McCray said. Mr. Marcus added, "We belong to a Society that is founded upon the tenants of excelling academically, succeeding professionally, and positively impacting the community. That is why this year my goal is for every attendee is to recognize their role in fulfilling the mission, and to understand how to live the mission every day, so that they can truly exceed their own expectations and cultivate change in the world."

The proclamation reads in full:

WHEREAS, founded in 1975, the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is the nation's largest student governed organization; and

WHEREAS, The National Society of Black Engineers' mission is to increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community; and

WHEREAS, NSBE's Region II, the host of this year's Fall Regional Conference, comprises Pennsylvania, West Virginia and states along the eastern seaboard to South Carolina; participants include pre-college students, collegiate students and technical professionals from the Mid-Atlantic region and North Africa, Europe and the Middle East; and

WHEREAS, this year the National Society of Black Engineers has returned to Pittsburgh for its conference, with the theme of "Innovation and Excellence: Reimagining Your Future"; and

WHEREAS, over 700 NSBE conference participants will focus on the power of the individual by showcasing academic and professional skills through competitions and workshops as well as exchanging ideas on the improvement of technology within the community

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that I, William Peduto, Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh, do hereby declare November 14, 2014 "National Society of Black Engineers Day" here in our most livable City of Pittsburgh.

"This day allows us to target a major area of focus, which revolves around increasing Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) literacy within the communities in which we reside, go to school, and work," Ms. McCray said. "My regional focus on community impact directly correlates with not only the Presidential "Educate to Innovate" campaign, but also the NSBE National Initiative of Culturally Responsible Behavior.

"In order to increase the number of engineers, we have to expose the world to what being an engineer means. This can be accomplished with interactive science demonstrations, networking with current engineering students, and exposure to working engineering professionals. I charge all members of Region II and the Pittsburgh community to enjoy every aspect of NSBE Day and our Fall Regional Conference."

About NSBE
The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) , with more than 29,900 members, is one of the largest student-governed organizations in the country. Founded in 1975, NSBE now includes more than 394 College, Pre-College, and Technical Professional/Alumni chapters in the United States and abroad. NSBE's mission is "to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community."

The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit association that is owned and managed by its members. The organization is dedicated to the academic and professional success of African-American engineering students and professionals. NSBE offers its members leadership training, professional development, mentoring opportunities, career placement services and more. NSBE is comprised of 242 collegiate, 70 professional and 82 pre-college active chapters nationwide and overseas. These chapters are geographically divided into six regions. NSBE is governed by an executive board of college students and engineering professionals and is operated by a professional staff in our World Headquarters located in Alexandria, VA. NSBE has accomplished more for Black engineering students than any other organization in the world. The same light that flows from the NSBE torch to students and professionals in the United States is also relevant for NSBE students in Africa, Europe, South America, Asia, Canada, Australia and the Caribbean. It is the goal of the Society to replicate its mission and vision in countries around the world, creating a global network of Black engineers, scientists and technologists.


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