Black Engineers’ Excellence



Every day, many organizations at the University of Maryland demonstrate Black Excellence. However, when the excellence is acknowledged and applauded by others, it’s something worth celebrating. This past week, the Black Engineers Society (BES), the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) chapter at UMD-College Park traveled to Detroit, Michigan for the National Society of Black Engineers’ 45th Annual Convention. While there, BES received nationally recognized awards including: National Large Chapter of the Year, Regional Large Chapter of the Year, Regional Unique Chapter Program of the Year, Which Zone Reigns Supreme Award, one scholarship award presented to member Yoseph Kebede, one achievement award presented to former president and current Regional Executive Board member Avery Layne, and current president, Favour Nerrise, appointed to a Regional Executive Position for the upcoming year.

The chapter’s excitement was palpable. The members were ecstatic. In a congratulatory message, former BES President Reggie Padgett expressed how proud that he was that his chapter had finally been recognized for the innovation and hard work that has been present throughout the years. At the final banquet at the convention, chapter historian Zack Richards captured the members excitement on camera. Members were seen with their trophies, enjoying and celebrating their achievements.   

Being recognized for one’s hard work is always a fantastic feeling. Ralinkae Kane-Jackson, the current Vice President of the Black Engineers Society said, “What has always unified [BES] was our common goal to increase STEM awareness on our campus and in our community.” The leadership truly believes that upholding their mission would always be their primary focus. The Black Engineers Society will continue to increase the number of culturally responsible Black Engineers. And if they win an award—or seven—here and there, it will only make their achievement sweeter.

Congratulations to the Black Engineers Society!   

Kiana Jones