The Society for Business and Management in Engineering (SBME) was founded in 1998 to help expose students to the myriad of opportunities in which they can apply their business and engineering degrees. SBME was one of the founding chapters which currently consists of over 150 members at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Their goal is to provide a learning environment that integrates business and engineering that is not only natural, but essential. SBME was at the forefront of a movement to prepare students for a market that not only requires an understanding of technology, but an understanding of business as well. As NOBE, they will continue this movement. This chapter was also instrumental in starting NOBE. In 2006, it was a SBME member who proposed the idea to take the organization to a national level, and in 2007, the vision became a reality, and NOBE is now an expanding national organization.
The Wisconsin Chapter was formerly known as Students Uniting Business & Engineering (SUBE), a student organization at UW-Madison that began in 1997. It currently has approximately 70 members in business or engineering disciplines at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Their mission is to broaden the visions of students in technology and business fields by facilitating relationships, providing cross-functional knowledge, and developing professional skills.
The Drexel Business and Engineering Society (BES) was founded in the early-1980s as the Commerce and Engineering Society to link the small group of students in Drexel's joint major then known as Commerce and Engineering (C&E). In 2007, the Commerce and Engineering Society switched its name to BES to represent the new interest of students and reflect the change of Drexel's Commerce and Engineering degree to Business and Engineering (B&E). By 2008, the overall interest from all types of students helped propel us to over 100 active members. In early 2009, BES completed a year-long transition process to NOBE. By becoming a NOBE chapter, the Drexel BES became the first expansion chapter in NOBE history and the first NOBE chapter to be established on the east coast.
The University of Minnesota chapter of the National Organization for Business and Engineering was founded in November of 2010. The founding Executive Board believed it was necessary to unite the College of Science and Engineering with the Carlson School of Management in order to promote professional development on campus, and strive to create more well-rounded graduates. Minnesota NOBE's first active semester on campus was during the Spring of 2011, and it quickly gained the attention of the student body as there were not any similar student organizations at the time. The Twin Cities are a mecca for the combination of engineering and business as there are numerous prominent medical device and manufacturing companies in the area. To this day, NOBE has been successful in bringing in high-level corporate sponsors in the effort to raise awareness of the synergy that is created when these two facets of academia are joined together.
Started in December of 2010, the USC Chapter of the National Organization for Business and Engineering arose out of a desire to bridge the gap between the Viterbi School of Engineering and Marshall School of Business. In an increasingly technology-driven world, it seemed appropriate and necessary to bring NOBE to the USC campus in order to support interdisciplinary cooperation and networking.
The first executive board came together to lay the foundation during the Spring 2011 semester. Along with a warm reception by both undergraduate and graduate students, USC NOBE quickly got its name out into the school by bringing in VP's from both Intel and Qualcomm, co-founders of internet start-ups, and passionate professors to lead workshops.
The McGill Chapter was originally known as Engineers in Business (EIB), a student organization founded in 2008 by two entrepreneurial engineering students who were frustrated by the rigidity of the McGill engineering curriculum. Desiring to educate students about career opportunities in the business world, they quickly developed relationships with industry leaders in the consulting, finance, entrepreneurship and management fields. In 2010, EIB officially began the process of becoming a NOBE chapter. Today, NOBE McGill continues to expand its brand on campus and in the Montreal and Toronto business communities by organizing information sessions, networking cocktails, case competitions, and other activities aimed at connecting engineering students with business careers.
Started in March of 2013, the GT Chapter began to bridge the gap between the College of Engineering and the Scheller College of Business. At the Georgia Institute of Technology, the colleges are not only separated by Atlanta's downtown connector but also by mutual exclusion. We hope by bringing NOBE to Georgia Tech that this organization will support interdisciplinary cooperation and networking among the students, alumni, and other student organizations. A group of friends with similar interests in entrepreneurship became the first executive board that met in Fall 2012 to lay the foundation. GT-NOBE hopes to reach out to the student body by hosting its first networking event with students and entrepreneurial alumni.
The Penn State Erie, The Behrend College chapter of the National Organization for Business and Engineering was founded in November of 2013. The Penn State Behrend School of Engineering and the Sam and Irene Black School of Business have a strong interdisciplinary relationship. With the addition of a NOBE chapter, this connection will continue to thrive. Members of the Behrend chapter include students in both business and engineering who would like to further their professional skills through multifunctional learning and networking. The chapter will continue to spread the importance of bridging the gap between business and engineering to students and corporations.
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