The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), with more than 30,000 members, is one of the largest student-managed organizations in the country. NSBE is comprised of more than 233 chapters on college and university campuses, 65 Alumni Extension chapters nationwide and 89 Pre-College chapters, geographically divided into six regions.
The Jacobs ESSSA Group earned the NSBE Alumni Extension Signature Sponsor Award as one of only two corporations nationwide who sponsored awareness of the space industry within the NSBE community at their annual convention. Jacobs has also been an active sponsor and supporter of the North Alabama Alumni Extension chapter (N AL NSBE-AE) Annual Scholarship and Awards Banquet. The local chapter was chartered in 1990 to increase minority participation and excellence in the fields of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
Jacobs ESSSA Group employee Chris Beatty, who first joined the NSBE in 1993 while attending Georgia Institute of Technology, continued his chapter participation at Clark Atlanta University and the University of Tennessee Space Institute, where he became chapter president. Chris joined the North Alabama Alumni Extension chapter where he has served as assistant programs chair, vice president and president. He organized the chapter’s Black History Month Program for area middle schools, which was recognized with the NSBE’s Program of the Year Award. He also initiated the N AL NSBE-AE Operation Partnership, a program designed to forge relationships with local corporations. Chris currently serves as the chapter’s scholarship committee chair.