Posted on May 7, 2021 by Rory Dew

UTSA’s National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) chapter has been recognized as the National Medium Sized Chapter of the Year by NSBE’s governing body. UTSA’s Chapter was also named the Texas Zone Most Outstanding Chapter.

NBSE at UTSA aims to “create a family-like growth of minority representation in STEM-fields” and offers resources including social activities, professional development, skills training and industry networking to its members.

One of the primary initiatives of UTSA’s NSBE chapter is to give back to the community. Recently, this group of Roadrunners orchestrated a food drive benefiting the San Antonio Food Bank which resulted in nearly 12,000 meals for San Antonians in need. They also work to inspire the future generations of engineering students by hosting events such as grade school science fairs and discussing STEM with younger students.

Members of the NSBE are well equipped for future success, with 38 over current members securing interviews and job offers from some of the most highly-regarded companies in the nation. Spring Bethea, UTSA’s NSBE Chapter President, highlighted organization member and graduating senior James Herndon. Herndon secured 15 interviews and 10 offers for full-time employment.

Bethea urges current and future Roadrunners to consider getting involved with NSBE or other student organizations around campus. “I can’t stress enough the importance of involvement. NSBE is an organization that heavily promotes a family environment where members are comfortable with others around them. We provide a family aspect for the minorities that account for a small percentage in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields. We also provide professional & personal development such as bringing financial speakers to our general body meetings, hosting mock interviews, inviting mental health speakers to our meetings, hosting technical workshops for members to work on programs & software, as well as attend social events to build on the family atmosphere.”

“This award is testament to the innovation and growth our NSBE has exhibited over the past few years. I want to thank and congratulate our outgoing president Laquavious Thomas for his leadership,” advised Dr. Eric Brey, faculty advisor and Edward E. Whitacre, Jr. Endowed Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering. “I have no doubts this momentum will carry over under the leadership of Spring Bethea and am excited to see what NSBE has in store moving forward.”

For more information about the National Society of Black Engineers UTSA chapter, please contact or visit us on Instagram @UTSANSBE.

— Rory Dew