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Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future
February 2015 is here symbolizing another chapter of history in the making! It is a time reserved to reflect, to celebrate the heroes and everyday people who have greatly influenced society for African Americans. Each day we honor their legacy with the knowledge that somehow their hopes and sacrifices will continue to bring about change. 

Though we struggle through racial injustice and inequality, we must stay committed to making phenomenal strides in education, aviation, science, engineering, medicine and so much more. 

Our strength and momentous efforts serve as encouragement, inspiring the next generation of pioneers, leaders, and entrepreneurs. The National Society of Black Engineers Potomac River Professionals are gratefully honoring the past and wholeheartedly inspiring the future.

Upcoming Events

The National Society of Black Engineers 

Potomac River Professionals Presents

Know Your NSBE History Contest

February 1st - February 28th

Test your knowledge to see how much you know about the National Society of Black Engineers History.


Know Your National Society of Black Engineers History Contest is a fun, engaging, and creative way for active general members to learn more about the National Society of Black Engineers organization. Using facts about the history of such a positive organization, this contest is one small way to honor the past and present legacy of African Americans during the month of February.


Each week in February 2015, an eligible winner will be announced by Wednesday of the following week. By February 28, there will be a total of four (4) eligible winners. The four (4) eligible announced entrants are the only members who have a chance to win the Grand Prize. Judges will draw a name among the four (4) eligible announced entrants. Good Luck!!!


For more information about the contest please visit our website.





The National Society of Black Engineers Potomac River Professionals Presents

Innovators Scholarship
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.


Saturday, April 25, 2015

King George, VA


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. 


Please share with your friends and family. Tell everyone!

#STEMulateyourbody    #STEMRUN5K




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.  


5K Run/Walk Training Program

 The National Society of Black Engineers Potomac River Professionals

King George Family YMCA Presents 



Information Session

February 12, 2015

4:00pm - 5:00pm

University of Mary Washington Dahlgren Campus


Start Your 5K Training 

A Few Minutes Each Week!


First off, you may be asking, "exactly how many miles is a 5K?" A 5K is 3.1 miles. We're here to help you achieve your goal of beginning to run your first 5K.
Each session will take about 20 or 30 minutes, three times a week. That just happens to be the same amount of moderate exercise recommended by numerous studies for optimum fitness. 

This program will get you fit. Join the King George Family YMCA coaches and runners/walkers of all levels that get you motivated to be fit and active. Together we will be successful!

Cost includes entry into the April 25, 2015 5k Run/Walk and full access to the King George Family YMCA during the 10 week program.

Online Registration Deadline is February 12, 2015


National Engineers Week

Engineers Week is the catalyst that sparks organizations and volunteers to make a difference by engaging students in engineering and celebrating the profession. 


How can you make a difference?

You can make a difference during Engineers Week or any time of the year by:

  • Helping kids and adults discover engineering
  • Celebrating the engineering profession
  • Spreading the word about Engineers Week
Join the National Society of Black Engineers Potomac River Professionals Chapter as we celebrate and engage students in engineering.


Learn effective ways to
Activities & Videos

Browse DiscoverE library and 
find an activities that's right for you.

National Engineers Week Activities

The National Engineers Week Foundation created Discover-e as part of its on-going mission to encourage youth to explore potential careers and opportunities in engineering. 

February 26, 2015
Each year "Girl Day" gives thousands of women engineers, with support from their male counterparts, the chance to directly mentor more than one million girls and young women in grades K through12.
February 28, 2015
The annual Discover Engineering Family Day is enjoyed by over six thousand visitors to the National Building Museum in Washington DC every February. The festival features dozens of hands-on activities provided by local engineering chapters and national organizations. 
Pre-College Initiative
The National Society of Black Engineers 
Potomac River Professionals Presents 
Engineering the Future 

Sunday, March 8th
King George, VA
Location and Time: To Be Determined

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 our second workshop will feature the Girl Scouts Troop 3723 of King George, VA.

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

King George Middle School
King George, VA 22485
Friday, March 20th
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm 

NSBE's Pre College Initiative (PCI) program provides activities to help students discover first-hand how engineering and technology relate to the world around them and discover the excitement of academic excellence, leadership, technical development, and teamwork.

On Friday, March 20th, students will finish building their European siren with flashing lights kits and be able to use them as an intruder alarm, bicycle siren, or just a plain attention getter.  

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

College Initiative


Tuesday, February 24th

The Collegiate Mentorship Program is a great opportunity to develop community partnerships with area colleges and universities. NSBE Potomac River Professionals members will volunteer to serve as panelists to current college students at Norfolk State University seeking degrees in

science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

NSBE Potomac River Professionals members will offer experience and knowledge with the ability to share testimony and lessons learned in a competitive workforce.  
Campus Tour

Are you planning to attend college? Have you thought about where you want to go? Choosing a college is the first major decision in your life! With so many different schools to choose from, it's important to make a smart choice for you and your family.


The National Society of Black Engineers Potomac River Professionals Chapter is sponsoring a FREE campus tour at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.  During this campus tour, NC A&T will have workshops, competitions, showcases, and tours to introduce students to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math as well as professional and personal development. Transportation and lunch will be provided for this exciting opportunity. This tour is recommended for students age 14 and above. 


Click the map below to view the location of 
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University campus.

Students will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis.

Professional Development
Thursday, February 19th
University of Mary Washington Dahlgren Campus 
(Room 248)
King George, VA 22485 
12:00pm - 1:00pm

The Potomac River Professionals chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) invites you to our general body meeting on Thursday, February 19th at the University of Mary Washington Dahlgren Campus in (Room 248), from 12:00pm to 1:00pm.


During this meeting we will discuss future Technical OutReach Community Help events, professional development programs, and upcoming chapter and national activities.


We would love for you to attend so you don't miss out on the news. 

General Body Meetings are held every 3rd Thursday of the month at the 

University of Mary Washington Dahlgren Campus from 12pm to 1pm.

Technology Workshop

The National Society of Black Engineers 

Potomac River Professionals Presents

Retired and Inspired
 A Technology Workshop for Matured Professionals
March 1, 2015
Shiloh Baptist Church (Old Site)
801 Sophia Street, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401
Time: To Be Determined
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?

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!

Member Spotlight
   Mr. Willie Crank Jr.

Why did you join the Potomac River Professionals chapter?

I joined NSBE because it provides the opportunity to meet and network with my peers around base towards a common goal of becoming a better leader, professional, and inspiration to others.


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

I really enjoy the professional forums that are offered through NSBE.  The opportunity to listen and apply the wisdom of those who have accomplished great things provides valuable insight of what it takes to succeed in various environments.  Membership has also given me the opportunity to give back to the community.  Everyone needs guidance, a helping hand, or just a word of encouragement.  Being able to pass along some of the things given to me is a wonderful thing.


Most recent accomplishment?

Going back to South Carolina and being able to provide mentoring and assistance to several individuals from my home town.


Welcome New Members

On behalf of our organization, we thank you for joining our chapter and your willingness to work towards increasing and excelling the minority engineers in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields.

Phillip Zellner

Hector Williams

Kimberly Washington

Leonore O'Leary Sheppard

Nia Jones

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