U.S. Army showcases STEM opportunities at National Society of Black Engineers Annual Convention

By Mr Jerrod Resweber (USAAC)March 28, 2012

PITTSBURGH (March 28, 2012) -- The U.S. Army is partnering with the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), the largest student governed organization in the nation, to support students interested in pursuing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers during NSBE's 38th Annual Convention.

The NSBE convention will take place March 28 -- April 1, 2012 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh. More than 8,000 college and high school engineering students are expected to attend. For the second consecutive year, the Army will showcase small military robots, judge student engineering design, science fair and robotic competitions, interview future Army leaders and present Army STEM opportunities to NSBE attendees.

Army representatives will include Lt. Col. Brian Slack, Chief of Personnel Development at the U.S. Army Engineering School and Army engineer Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Shutts, who will demonstrate use of the Talon Robot throughout the conference at the Army exhibit booth #1305 and during the NSBE Career Fair. Army representatives will also share information about Army education programs and resources to motivate, educate and develop today's youth.

The Army highlights its commitment to youth education and empowerment through strategic partnerships. In addition to the relationship with NSBE, earlier this year, Army partnered with the Black Engineer of the Year Award's 26th Annual Global Stem Competitiveness Conference and the UNCF Empower Me Tours. The Army will also have a large presence at the Essence Music Festival and the annual conferences of the National Urban League and 100 Black Men of America later this year.

NSBE is a non profit association whose mission is the academic and professional success of African-American engineering and technical students and professionals. NSBE offers leadership training, professional and academic development, mentoring opportunities, community service outreach programs and scholarships to its more than 30,000 members.