Region II Regional Leadership Conference

Greetings NSBE Leaders!

My name is Toni Patterson, and I am extremely excited to serve as your 2016-2017 Region II Regional Leadership Conference (RLC) Chair! This year’s RLC will be held at the Key Bridge Marriott in Arlington, VA from Friday, August 26th to Sunday, August 28th and the theme is “Back to Our Purpose: Leading an Innovative Culture.” I believe that this year’s theme will challenge us as leaders to get back to our purpose of achieving the NSBE mission while working together to create innovative ways to graduate 10,000 Black Engineers by the year 2025.

RLC is the first conference of the year for chapter leaders of NSBE. I hope that you will take advantage of the opportunity to interact with your regional and chapter counterparts. This conference will give you the opportunity to share ideas with other leaders and develop a strong foundation for the year. My hope is for you to develop relationships with other leaders throughout the society and develop a better understanding of the part you pay in helping the Society fulfill the mission. The workshops and functionals are all designed to support this year’s regional directives: Clarity, Cultivate, and Culture.

You will learn about NSBE leadership, develop your soft skills, network with other students and the Region II Professionals. We will have multiple workshops with an emphasis on membership retention, chapter financial management, effective communication, and much more led by NEB, REB members, NSBE advisors, and company representatives. We will get back to our purpose and work together to achieve the mission, reach NSBE 2025 and become the leaders that create innovative cultures on our campuses and communities.
I look forward to seeing you at the 2016 Region II RLC!
Keep it 2 HYPE!


Toni Patterson

2016-2017 Region II Regional Leadership Conference Chairperson

National Society of Black Engineers


2016 Region II Leadership Conference

“Back to Our Purpose: Leading an Innovative Culture”
August 26 – August 28, 2016 | Arlington, VA

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Using Water Filters Effectively

By Naomie Baptiste, Director, National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Environmental Engineering Special Interest Group

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides tap water standards under the Safe Water Drinking Act, which provides guidance on public water systems, protection of underground sources of water, emergency powers and general provisions. The EPA defines more than 80 regulated contaminants in drinking water, including arsenic, E. coli, chlorine and lead.

For areas with contaminated water supplies, such as Flint, Mich., water filters may be a solution. NSF International, previously known as the National Sanitation Foundation, is a safety-based risk management provider. Consumers can search for certified drinking water treatment units and water filters on the organization’s website.


For consumer transparency, the site provides a database of service cycle, flow rate and reduction claims for water filters and filtration systems.

A water filter that eliminates every contaminant known to man does not exist. It’s best, first, to know which contaminants your household needs to target. Community water systems are required to provide an annual drinking water quality report to the consumers they service, by July 1 each year. The report, named a Consumer Confidence Report (CCR), tells consumers where their water comes from and what’s in it. If you haven’t received your CCR, you can find the information here. The report tells you what’s in the water in your area. However, to know what’s coming directly through your pipes, you must conduct a test on the water coming from your tap. The EPA’s Safe Water Hotline at (800) 426-4791 can help you find a state-certified laboratory to test your tap water.

Residents of Flint, Mich., should refer to Section 1417 of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), which establishes the definition for “lead-free” as a weighted average of 0.25 percent lead calculated across the wetted surfaces of a pipe, pipe fitting, plumbing fitting, and fixture and 0.2 percent lead for solder and flux. The Act also provides a methodology for calculating the weighted average of wetted surfaces.

Consumers must use water filters appropriately as defined by the manufacturers. Filtration systems must be changed regularly. Most filters use carbon, charcoal or a bend to reduce contaminants either by mechanically trapping them in the pores of containments or by absorbing the contaminants to the surface of the filter media. The frequency with which consumers should change their filters is dependent on the service cycle: the useful life of the filter. Manufacturers define the service cycle as a specific number of gallons or an estimated number of months of use before the consumer should change the filter. Choosing the right replacement cartridge is critical as well. Consumers must use the certified cartridge recommended by the manufacturer to remove the specific contaminants in their water, to ensure that the water is safe for drinking or other uses.

Keep in mind that although the best water filters are designed to remove/absorb many contaminants from water, human error must always be taken into account. Please carefully review the manufacturer’s instructions on how to install water filters and replace cartridges.

For more information, please join the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Environmental Engineering Special Interest Group (SIG) to continue the dialogue about Flint’s water crisis.

Research References:
Environmental Protection Agency:
Green America:
NSF International, The Public Health and Safety Organization:

NSBE Launches Campaign to Graduate 10,000 Black Engineers

Annual Goal for the U.S. Is Set for 2025

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Only 19 percent of black 4th graders in the U.S. and 13 percent of the nation’s black 8th graders were proficient in math in 2015, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Only 5.5 percent of black 8th graders in the U.S. in 2005 completed calculus five years later, and a mere 1.1 percent of the nation’s black college freshmen enrolled in engineering programs in 2010, according to a recent analysis conducted by the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). And then there’s this distressing fact from the American Society for Engineering Education: the percentage of African Americans among U.S. engineering bachelor’s degree recipients has been declining for more than a decade and was only 3.5 percent in 2014.

But the core mission of NSBE, founded 40 years ago, is to increase the number of black engineers. So the Society has decided to do something about the effect of these disparaging statistics on black youth and on the nation’s need for talent in the critical fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The Society has targeted an ambitious goal: to have the U.S. produce 10,000 African-American bachelor’s degree recipients in engineering annually, by 2025, up from the current number of 3,620. NSBE will launch its “Be 1 of 10,000” campaign in October 2015, with an outreach to African-American 7th graders and others across the country. NSBE’s goal is to have 150,000 7th grade students envision themselves as engineers and pledge to achieve academic excellence in subjects such as algebra, chemistry and physics, which are at the base of an engineering education. The Society will then provide online and other resources to help those students achieve their goals.

“NSBE’s leadership is totally committed to this campaign,” says NSBE National Chair Neville Green, a senior in chemical engineering at the City University of New York. “As students and professionals in STEM, we know the importance of driving this change, to ensure the future of our communities.”

“Be 1 of 10,000” is reaching out to 7th graders because they are scheduled to graduate from four-year colleges in 2025. However, continued success in meeting NSBE’s strategic goals will require the Society to increase the STEM proficiency of students who are even closer to the start of the “pipeline” to engineering careers. In addition to the online resources being provided, plans to meet these milestones are expansion of the Society’s Summer Engineering Experience for Kids (SEEK) program for students in grades 3 through 8, and encouraging more public school districts to offer calculus in high school.

NSBE’s leadership is totally committed to this campaign…as students and professionals in STEM, we know the importance of driving this change, to ensure the future of our communities.

Providing more academic support to African-American engineering students in college is also part of the plan. This support will include tutoring and mentoring by older student and professional members of NSBE, collaborative study sessions, training in test-taking and other measures. We will also seek support to boost the institutional capacity of colleges of engineering to recruit, educate and graduate more black engineering students.

“10K looks like a big number, until we divide it among our 227 collegiate chapters across the U.S.,” says Tolu Oyelowo, NSBE’s national academic excellence chair, who is a senior in biomedical engineering at North Carolina State University. “If each chapter graduates an additional three members by 2025, we will have met our goal.”

The campaign is designed to mobilize the Society’s 31,000-plus members and others as well. Those who partner with NSBE will help bring about a positive cultural change that will create a mind shift in students of color across the nation. The hope is that these children will begin to see themselves as engineers instead of the athletes and entertainers they most often view as role models.

“Graduating 10,000 black engineers per year will generate benefits that extend far beyond our organization,” says Karl W. Reid, Ed.D., NSBE executive director. “By harnessing the STEM talent of greater numbers of African Americans, we are expanding the corps of problem solvers and innovators in service to the nation.”

NSBE’s “Be 1 of 10,000” campaign is sponsored by Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Media sponsors of the campaign include WGBH Boston and National Journal “The Next America.”

To join the campaign or for more information, visit Or follow the campaign on social media at #Be1of10K. Through these and other media, NSBE hopes to make engineering a household word in the African-American community and help more black students envision themselves as successful engineers.

Founded in 1975, the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is one of the largest student-governed organizations based in the United States. With more than 31,000 members and more than 300 chapters in the U.S. and abroad, NSBE supports and promotes the aspirations of collegiate and pre-collegiate students and technical professionals in engineering and technology. NSBE’s mission is “to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.” For more information, visit

WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web, includingMasterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, Frontline, Nova, American Experience, Arthur, Curious George, and more than a dozen other primetime, lifestyle and children’s series. WGBH’s television channels include WGBH 2, WGBX 44, and the digital channels World and Create. WGBH TV productions focus on the region’s diverse community include Greater BostonBasic Black and High School Quiz Show. WGBH Radio serves listeners across New England with 89.7 WGBH, Boston’s Local

NPR®; 99.5 WCRB Classical Radio Boston; and WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR® Station. WGBH also is a major source of programs for public radio (among them, PRI’s The World®), a leader in educational multimedia (including PBS LearningMedia™, providing the nation’s educators with free, curriculum-based digital content), and a pioneer in technologies and services that make media accessible to deaf, hard of hearing, blind and visually impaired audiences. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors: Emmys, Peabodys, duPont-Columbia Awards and Oscars. Find more information at

Calling for Elections, Constitutional Reform

IMG_5289The National Society of Black Engineers – Lehigh University Chapter officially announces its election procedure to install new Chapter Executive Board, notification issued for constitutional reform.

Our President, Bruke Mammo, informed the General Body the procedures for the upcoming spring elections for those interested in joining the chapter leadership. Potential candidates have until April 6th to declare their candidacy and campaign for office. The general body members inquired the duties of the various officer positions and how they impact the chapter’s success.

New to this election cycle is the positions of President-Emeritus and Treasurer-Emeritus which will be filled by the respective outgoing officers who can give advice in governance. Another position which is also going to be new to the Chapter Executive Board is a Conference Planning Chairperson who would be charged with the management of members to the various conferences that the chapter attends regularly.

Election turnout has a forecast with high numbers due to fortunate chapter growth. Several positions will face contest, especially with senior leadership.

In addition to elections, talks of constitutional reform are in the works to increase administrative efficiency. Approving of constitutional changes may appear on the ballot as well.

Election Timeline

The following are the dates that the 2016 Spring Elections Committee will follow to elect the new cabinet and review the chapter constitution.

  • March 30, 2016 – Constitutional Amendment Notification
  • April 6, 2016 – Declaration of Candidacy of Elected Positions (App deadline)
  • April 6, 2016 – Constitutional Amendment Discussion
  • April 13, 2016 – Election of Officers / Ratification of Constitutional Amendments
  • April 20, 2016 – Formal Appointment of Appointed Officers