NSBE heads for the sunshine

Mar 22, 2002

The Kettering University chapter of the National Society for Black Engineers (NSBE) will send 61 student representatives and three staffers to the organization's 28th Annual National Convention in Orlando, Fla., March 27 through 31.

The Kettering University chapter of the National Society for Black Engineers (NSBE) will send 61 student representatives and three staffers to the organization's 28th Annual National Convention in Orlando, Fla., March 27 through 31.

"It's the largest group Kettering has sent in the 14 years that I've been attending," said Dwight Tavada, director of Minority Student Affairs. Students from both A and B sections will go to the conference.

An expected 12,000 high school and college students, technical professionals, academic and corporate professionals will come together to explore "Integrating Technology and Tradition." Workshops will include robotics design, bridging the digital divide, and mentoring relationships.

"The conference is great in terms of the networking and professional development opportunities it offers our students," said Tavada. With 200 employers at the career fair this year, Kettering students will be able to look for jobs while Tavada , Stephanie Davis, associate director ofPre-College Programs and L.B. McCune, assistant director of Minority Student Affairs, connect with potential co-op employers. "It's rare to find 200 employers in one place for two days," Tavada said.

"We'll do a lot of public relations while we're down there to get the Kettering name out. A lot of people still don't know who we are," he said. "We'll talk so much we'll come back hoarse."

Kettering will also be recruiting at the conference. The university's graduate program will have an informational table to recruit students interested in Master's degree programs in Engineering, Manufacturing Management, Operations Management and Manufacturing Operations.

More information on the 28th annual NSBE national convention is available at: http://www.nsbe.org/convention/index.html