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Focused and Taking it to the Next Level
A new year comes with the embrace of hope in our minds, a promise for better success in our endeavors. It gives us the confidence and the courage to begin with a fresh start to face our challenges with renewed strength and inspiration. 

The National Society of Black Engineers Potomac River Professionals resolves to continue to empower our engineers and professionals offering support in providing opportunities to excel academically, succeed in various pursuits, and positively impact our growing community. 

We plan to continue to stay focused and take innovative programming and teamwork to the next level. To each of you, we wish many blessings for the future and a very Happy New Year!


2015 Professional Member of the Year
Mr. Dwayne Nelson

Congratulations to Dwayne Nelson for winning 
the National Society of Black Engineers Golden Torch
Professional Member of the Year Award! 

Your hard work and efforts for NSBE are commendable. 
Great Job and keep up the good work!

Upcoming Events
Just Get 1 Campaign

How would you like a chance to receive $25, $50, or even a $100 
Visa Gift card for recruiting "Just 1" NEW member?

Now until January 30th NSBE Potomac River Professionals will be running a "Just Get 1" campaign. Each member is encouraged to recruit at least one person to join our chapter to help us support NSBE's mission "to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community."

Recruitment incentives are sponsored by Dwayne Nelson and will be given to the first three members who recruit one NEW member by January 30th.



We need your feedback to make our chapter more AWESOME!


Please take a moment to fill out our 10 question survey that will take approximately 5 minutes to complete.  The Membership Survey is now open and will remain open until January 30th

Pre-College Initiative
The National Society of Black Engineers 
Potomac River Professionals Presents 
Engineering the Future 

Shiloh Baptist Church

Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Saturday, January 24th

9:30am -1:00pm

Girls EnGear is an exciting new program presented by the National Society of Black Engineers Potomac River Professionals in partnership with the Society of Women Engineers, Members At-Large and the Girl Scouts Troops. Girls EnGear shows girls how creative, stimulating and inventive science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) can be.

Engaging girls in STEM will help develop their confidence and skill in areas such as design and construction which can also lead to inspired career paths in the future. Bringing these types of opportunities to young girls in our community will help us share the importance of gaining knowledge and improving education after high school. 

Most importantly, Girls EnGear explores different aspects of STEM disciplines allowing them to see how engineers are changing our world. We are very happy to announce that the first workshop in this program will feature the Girl Scouts Troop 3164 of Fredericksburg.

King George Middle School
King George, VA 22485
Friday, January 30th
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm 

The National Society of Black Engineer Potomac River Professionals chapter will host our second Pre-College Initiative STEM Club program at the King George Middle School, on Friday, January 30th from (1:00p.m. to 2:30p.m).

During this session, students will finish soldering on their state-of-the-art circuit board and learn about capacitors, regulators, and transistors. 

If you would like to get involved and volunteer for this program, please contact Ms. Brandie Jackson, PCI Chair at

Professional Development

The National Society of Black Engineers 

Potomac River Professionals Presents

Retired and Inspired
 A Technology Workshop for Matured Professionals
Do you want to join Facebook? 
Why is your grandson always "tweeting"?
Do you have photos on your phone that you just don't know how to send to family members?


Salem Baptist Church

King George, VA 22485

Sunday, January 18th

2pm - 4pm

Retired & Inspired workshop is a great opportunity to help mature professionals better understand how to utilize the latest technology around us. With one-on-one support provided by NSBE Potomac River Professionals members, this workshop will teach matured professionals how to use technology more efficiently. 

This workshop will also provide guidance on how to optimize the use of computers, tablets, and smart phones as well as downloading and navigating through the applications that come with it. 

If you are technology savvy and want to sign up as a volunteer, please click below!

University of Mary Washington Dahlgren Campus

Thursday, January 22nd

12:00pm to 1:00pm


Lunch and Learn Topic:

"Emotional Intelligence...or Lack Thereof"

Ms. Sharon Parish
The National Society of Black Engineers Potomac River Professionals Chapter presents Lunch & Learn featuring Keynote Speaker Ms. Sharon Parish, Division Head of the NSWC Dahlgren Warfare Analysis and Advanced Concepts Division.

Click here to view full biography of the keynote speaker. 

During the presentation, Ms. Parish will discuss her viewpoints of emotional intelligence in the workplace and how it can positively or negatively affect one's career regarding promotion potential and opportunities to work on great assignments. She will provide tips on being able to recognize one's response behaviors, moods, and impulses in a situation, and how best to manage them. 

Lunch and Learns are open to the public.


Just in case you missed the last two Lunch and Learn sessions...
Lunch and Learn Recaps

"How to Stay Motivated and 
Persistent in One's Career"

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 "Navigating the Leader in You"

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Professionals Forum

Career Links Professionals Forum
Career Advancement: Moving to the Next Level


University of Mary Washington Dahlgren Campus 

Thursday, January 29th

12:00pm to 1:00pm


Career Links Professionals Forum is our exciting and newly established professional development workshop created as the doorway to exchange career tips, an opportunity to network, and to have a platform for gaining insightful information for that next career move. 

Our first Career Links Professionals Forum will take place at the University of Mary Washington Dahlgren campus in the University Hall. Our panelists of leaders come from a wide variety of backgrounds and represent a diversity of employment sectors. 

They will discuss Career Advancement: Moving to the Next Level and provide great tips, information, and valuable feedback in response to questions asked by the audience. The Career Links Professionals Forum is free and open to the public.



Saturday, April 25, 2015

King George, VA


How many times have you declared on 

January 1st that you'll go to the gym or run a 5K? 

If this is you, we can help you take the first small step to reach one of your goals! 


Register for STEMulate Your Body! 

5K Run/Walk and Healthy Kids Day Race

You can even bring your family, friends, and co-workers. We don't mind.  


Check out our very colorful and user-friendly 

website for more details on how to register for this event. 




Registration Entry Fees



Price includes T-Shirt and Goodie Bag for Adults/Kids 15 & older. 



**5K Training Program includes full access to the King George Family YMCA 

during the 10 week program and much more!



All proceeds will benefit the King George Family YMCA youth development programs and the National Society of Black Engineers Potomac River Professionals Pre-College STEM initiatives.


Please share with your friends and family. Tell everyone!

#STEMulateyourbody    #STEMRUN5K





Social and Professional Networking

You Are Cordially Invited!

Thursday, January 29th

2960 Festival Way

Waldorf, MD 20601

7pm - 9pm

The Potomac River Professionals chapter will be partnering with Chili's on Friday, January 29th. Chili's will graciously donate a percentage of the proceeds from your food and drink, in their support of our chapter initiatives and community involvement. Please come out and enjoy great food and network with professionals from surrounding areas.

A special gift for the first 20 members has been donated to show our appreciation for your continual support of NSBE.
The National Society of Black Engineers Potomac River Professionals Presents
STEM Innovators Scholarship

January 1st until April 30th   


The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Potomac River Professionals Chapter is pleased to announce that we will be accepting applications on January 1st, 2015 for our annual STEM Innovators Scholarship sponsored by Mr. Dwayne Nelson. 

he purpose of the STEM Innovators Scholarship is to continue the NSBE Potomac River Professional Chapter's mission to "increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically". 


The STEM Innovators Scholarship will award $1,000 to one high school student in the Dahlgren, King George, Fredericksburg, Northern Neck of Virginia, and Southern Maryland (St. Mary's County, Calvert County, and Charles County) areas seeking a degree in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematic (STEM) fields.


Technical OutReach Community Help (TORCH)

National Mentoring Month (NMM) highlights mentoring and 

the positive impact it can have on young lives.

Be a Big Brother or Big Sister - Give a Little Something Back

Members of the NSBE Potomac River Professionals chapter 
volunteer as a mentors once a week.



For questions about being a Big Brother or Big Sister, please contact: 


Michelle Hedrich
540-371-7444 x106

Regina Price 
540-371-7444 x102

Cynthia Osband  
 540-371-7444 x101


Member Spotlight
Ms. Crystal Satterfield-Lee

Why did you join the Potomac River Professionals chapter?

I want to remain as being a positive impact on the community.


How has membership in NSBE been of value to you and your profession?

NSBE has been an organization that I have known since coming in to college back in 2002. When I lost my mother while in school my fellow board members supported  me.  Since joining the organization I have learned how to uphold myself in professional atmospheres.  Certain procedures that I have learned about running a meeting and even  other groups I learned them through NSBE.


Most recent accomplishment?

Serving meals for Thanksgiving in the community by myself to assisted living, group homes and homeless people out in the streets Thanksgiving morning.


All Professionals are Welcomed to Join NSBE!
Potomac River Professionals
PO Box 1721
Dahlgren, Virginia 22448
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