Committees

Committees and Programs

Excell Program

Al Nicholson, P.E.
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LACBPE’s Excell Programis an academically innovative program which provides instruction in mathematics, science and computer science to foster a desire toward STEM courses of study to African-American and other minority youth in grades 2-12. The 26-year old program has 10-week Fall and Spring terms conducted on Saturday mornings at Cal State University, Dominguez Hills. Students are taught by professionals with degrees in engineering, science, mathematics, and other volunteers. These volunteers give of their time and talent to make a positive difference in the lives of the students. The students in the program come principally from the Greater Los Angeles areas, including Compton, Carson, Lynwood and Inglewood.

College Relations Committee

Mr. John R. Zeigler
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College Relations Committeeacts as a liaison between and the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) chapters in the Los Angeles area colleges and universities. The majority of the committee activities are aimed at providing a forum for students to get together with working professionals and with each other. This is accomplished through speaking at NSBE chapter meetings, coordination of industrial tours, student workshops, coordination with other LACBPE events, and summer job information.

Scholarship Committee

Dana Johnson
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Scholarship Committee The Al-Ben Scholarship Fund was established in 1976 to provide incentive awards, and as needed aid for the technically inclined pre-college and college students enrolled in Engineering, Mathematical or Scientific studies. The objective of this program is to stimulate and sustain the students interested in these studies and encourage them, through public recognition, to maintain a level of academic excellence for successful careers in technical areas. Yearly, three types of awards may be granted.

  • Scholastic Achievement and Academic Excellence Incentive Awards – Based primarily upon achievements in maintaining a high level of scholastic performance overall with a concentration in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
  • Professional Merit Awards – Granted upon demonstrated exemplary action on their campus, organizations, or community activities while maintaining an acceptable grade point average thereby demonstrating their understanding of and dedication to professionalism.
  • As Needed Aid Award – Granted upon demonstration of financial need jeopardizing the student’s ability to remain in school.

More Information On Our 2020 Scholarship Program
For High School Seniors and College Undergrads

LACBPE also participates in other STEM related activities in the community upon request. These activities include supporting Career Days at primary and secondary schools, supporting Technical Competitions as either advisors or judges; and acting as judges in the NAACP ACTSO competitions.

Professional Development Committee

Cash Sutton III, P.E
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Professional Development Committee is responsible for organizing activities that help develop the professional careers of members. This committee sponsors in coordination with the College Relations Committee a review course for those members and college students preparing to take the Engineer-In-Training (EIT) examination. This committee also sponsors review courses for members taking the Professional Engineering (PE) exam in mechanical, electrical and civil engineering. ’s “Job Bank” is also maintained and operated within this committee.

Business Development Committee

Cash Sutton III, P.E
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Business Development Committee promotes business development among Black engineers through networking, teaming up among members and other firms, meeting with decision makers, publicizing business opportunities, and addressing business issues. We conduct meetings regularly with senior level management from leading engineering firms and executives from government agencies. These have led to greater business opportunities for our members. In addition, we review and comment on proposed state and local legislation and other issues related to minority engineering activities.

Public Relations Committee

VACANT
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Public Relations Committee assures that the community is kept informed on ’s programs and activities. This committee distributes press releases to local and national media sources. It also schedules member appearances on radio and television programs.

Membership Committee

Sam Wilson
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Membership Committee provides prospective members with information about the various activities and the organization of . New members are encouraged to become involved and to contribute their energy and ideas to committees in which they are most interested. This committee collects membership dues, maintains related records and publishes for membership. This confidential listing helps foster good communication between all Council members.

A Corporate Membership program is also managed by the membership committee. Corporate members are invited to join ’s Corporate Advisory Board. The purpose of the Advisory Board is to provide industry guidance of the activities and program of to the Board of Directors. This committee collects corporate membership dues and maintains the current status of membership.

Newsletter Committee

VACANT
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Newsletter Committee has the responsibility in coordination with the Public Relations Committee of providing information about the Council’s activities to the general public. This is accomplished through the publishing of articles of interest to both the members of the Council, students, and those individuals and companies interested in helping the Council to achieve its goals. These articles range from technical information to Black events and achievements. The achievements of Black professionals are of great importance because they serve as role models for the Black youth in the community. This is in keeping with the primary goal of the Council to inspire more Black youth to pursue careers in the fields of STEM. The Newsletter also serves as a forum for members to voice their opinions on matters that affect Black technical professionals and the African-American community.

Speakers Bureau Committee

VACANT
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Speakers Bureau Committee schedules Council members to attend local elementary, junior high, and senior high schools to give presentations on career opportunities in technical fields. Their discourse is designed to provide students with an idea of what is involved in STEM careers and how these professions affect our society. Each speaker also presents the skills required to be an engineer or scientist. In summary, these Council members try to develop interest among African-American and other minority students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Technology Committee

Henry B. Dotson III, P.E.
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Technology Committee has the responsibility of ensuring the technology infrastructure used by the Council adequately meets the needs of the organization. The Technology Committee is responsible for the strategic planning, development, and implementation of the LACBPE website. The committee chairperson acts as the Website Director and works with the Executive Board and directs website development, operations, and maintenance resources to ensure the strategic goals of LACBPE delegated to the website are met.

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