From October 26 – 28, 2007, the McNeese State University chapter for the National Society of Black Engineers attended the National Society for Black Engineers Region V Fall 2007 Regional Conference in Baton Rouge. By and in large the conference motto, “Fueling the Mission to Ignite the Torch; Engineering in Action,” was shouldered the scholastic and professional growth of the McNeese State Engineering chapter where this fall an improved number of 13 chapter members participated in conference events following last spring’s national convention. Additionally, several members in attendance achieved and undertook unique contributions to the McNeese State Engineering chapter of NSBE conclusively attracting regional and corporate recognition.
The conference commenced with socially professional enrichment as the opening keynote speaker Mr. S. Gordon Moore, director of Georgia Institute of Technology’s Office of Minority Educational Development (OMED), spoke with compelling emotional emphasis to the attendees on enrollment retention, self-valve, and stepping up to the role of community, academic, and professional leaders. The evening flowed into discussions with corporate sponsors and other university chapters about their chapters, companies, and corporate and colligate engineering departments, while meeting the acquaintance of their members through opening collegiate and professional networks. On the first day of the conference, the McNeese Chapter participated in an academic technical bowl along with ten other schools such as Rice University, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State University, and others.
Early Saturday mourning the McNeese chapter attended the opening session where the directives and general goals for the society were discussed. Shortly after opening session members attended a number of workshops of the many that where offered. The workshops that the chapter members attended keyed in on unique, clever, and straightforward solutions to common problems faced by engineering collegiate undergraduates. “One workshop called the Guaranteed 4.0 developed the scenario of how applying for the many scholarships that are not ever pursued, refocusing small efforts in the day, and surrounding yourself with a positive environment can put almost anyone in the range to get a 4.0,” Bryan Malbroux, Vice President of the McNeese chapter. Moreover, contrary to intuitive thought a leadership workshop presenter demonstrated how the solution for one problem can be the answer to another. Other workshops attended impressively covered ambiguous topics such as how to be favorable to a potential employer and develop chapter character. As the day proceeded, members present interviewed, further networked, and transversed about various topics with the corporate sponsors. The corporate sponsors present were Exxon Mobile, Hormel, Baker and Hughes, Texas Instruments, Dell, Du Pont, Wal-Mart, El Paso, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, Caterpillar, British Petroleum, Rockwell Collins, General Mills, Verba Com, Black &Veatch, Rohm Haas, and Boeing.
That evening the McNeese State chapter attended the Vanguard Awards and the keynote speaker was Mayor Ray Nagin. A formal affair held during an evening dinner, the Vanguard Awards serve as the highest distinction of excellence among National Society of Black Engineers Region V members in the field of engineering. Formal distinguish recipients of this award include a Nobel Peace Prize winner and now one of our region’s own distinguished alumni members. Thomas Gobert, Chapter President won second place in a technical undergraduate research presentation competition. The entire chapter would like to extend its most sincere thanks to the Department of Engineering for its continued support of the academic and professional growth of all chapter members and organizations.
McNeese NSBE members attending one of the dinners.