The formation of the National Society of Black Engineers – Alumni Extension (NSBE-AE) dates back to 1988, when NSBE Alumni presented a proposal to the NSBE student membership to include an Alumni sector in the organization. Although the Alumni Extension (AE) was not accepted at that time, the effort initiated a multi-year process to create NSBE-AE.
The proposal reflecting the origins of the current Alumni infrastructure was developed in 1984, and formalized in 1985. At the 1985 NSBE National Convention in San Francisco, the NSBE membership approved the formation of an Alumni Task Force. They were assembled to design NSBE-AE by the 1988 NSBE National Convention. During the three-year period, the views of NSBE students and Alumni from across the Nation articulated, leading to the derivation of the NSBE-AE Operating Guidelines. In March 1988, at NSBE’s 14th Annual National Convention, the NSBE membership approved the proposal to include Alumni Extension as an operating entity of the National Society of Black Engineers. During the 1988-89 year, the AE focused on refining their Operating Guidelines and developing Regional infrastructures in accordance with these guidelines. The effort marked the final steps in the formation of the Alumni Extension.
* Information from Region 1 Alumni Extension Website