Susan Okrah Wins 3rd Place at the NSBE Annual National Convention

Susan Okrah“The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) held their 43rd National Convention from March 29th to April 2nd in Kanas City, Missouri. This year’s theme was Engineering Your Foundation. They focused on the NSBE mission with workshops, speakers and other programming that spoke to three pillars of this mission. This included workshops by companies like Eaton and Accenture and speakers like the CEO of Twitter. One of the activities I participated in was the Technical Research Exhibition (TRE) poster session. 60 undergraduate and graduate students presented their past and current research for cash prizes. Another event I attended was the Hidden Figures –  No More: Women Leaders in STEM. This workshop focused on key women leaders in STEM and the policies that are in place that help women thrive. I enjoyed this workshop the most because it focused on what it is like to be a woman in STEM. Because it was a panel discussion, we could ask them a question about what got them to the where they are now and what they think needs to be improved so more women will want to stay in STEM.

The National convention is not only about workshops speakers but also networking. Each morning each region had their regional meeting where we could talk about issues that we are having and vote for our new executive board for next year. Here, I met other schools in our region that we might be able to collaborate with in the future. One of the main attraction of the convention is the Career Expo. The Career Expo exhibited more than 100 companies and graduate schools. I interacted with many companies that I did not know hired Chemical engineers. I spoke with current graduate students that told me about their experiences at their respective school to see if it might be a good fit for me. Overall, I enjoyed my experience at the National Convention and cannot wait to attend the National Convention next year in Pittsburgh!”