Wednesday, May 9, 2018

NSBE's Executive Director, Karl W. Reid, Ed.D., Recipient of Kenneth Andrew Roe Award

Karl W. Reid, Ed.D.

National Society of Black Engineers writes:

NSBE Executive Director Karl Reid to Receive
Kenneth Andrew Roe Award

Honor from the American Association of Engineering Societies
Recognizes Work Toward Unity in Engineering Advocacy

The American Association of Engineering Societies (AAES) has selected Karl W. Reid, Ed.D., executive director of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), as the recipient of AAES’ 2018 Kenneth Andrew Roe Award. The award, presented on behalf of the engineering community, recognizes an engineer who has been effective in promoting unity among the engineering societies. Dr. Reid will join five other professionals in his field being honored at the AAES Annual Awards Banquet and Ceremony, at the National Academy of Engineering in Washington, D.C., on April 23, 2018.

NSBE is a 17,000-member, student-governed organization dedicated to moving blacks from underrepresentation to overrepresentation in engineering. In his role as executive director, Dr. Reid did the foundational work for the establishment of the 50K Coalition, a 40-organization collaborative formed by four preeminent engineering diversity membership organizations: NSBE, the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). The coalition’s goal is to lead the United States to produce 50,000 diverse engineering graduates annually by 2025.

“Dr. Reid is an active supporter of unity within the engineering profession,” said Randall S. (“Randy”) Over, P.E., AAES chair. “He promotes and acts on the philosophy that together we are more than individual engineers or individual engineering societies, but that engineers of all backgrounds and disciplines make a difference in the lives of people, and that together we continue to change the nation and the world for the better. We are extremely pleased he is the 2018 Kenneth Andrew Roe Award winner and is being recognized for his leadership of the 50K Coalition.”

“I am truly humbled to receive this award, which represents a recognition of the collective work of many of my colleagues,” said Dr. Reid. “As engineers, we are trained to be creative, disciplined problem solvers. It became clear to those of us engaged in the mission of engineering diversity that we needed to work together to end the underrepresentation of blacks, Latinos, Native Americans and women in our field and thus help the nation address its critical workforce needs, both now and in the future.”

Dr. Reid was raised in Roosevelt, a majority African-American town on Long Island, N.Y. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in materials science and engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. After graduating from MIT, Dr. Reid enjoyed a successful career in product management, sales, marketing and consulting in the computer industry. He has dedicated his life for the past 20 years to achieving educational equity, increasing diversity in engineering and helping all students reach their potential, through educational policies and practices.

Dr. Reid joined NSBE as an undergraduate at MIT and served as the top-ranking officer of the Society, the national chair, in 1984–85. Before joining NSBE as executive director in 2014, he was a senior vice president at the United Negro College Fund and, before that, an associate dean and director of the Office of Minority Education at MIT. His research as a doctoral student at Harvard explored the interrelationship of race, identity and academic achievement.

AAES is a multidisciplinary organization of engineering societies dedicated to advancing the engineering profession’s impact on the public good. AAES’ mission is “to serve as one voice for the U.S. engineering profession.”

About NSBE
With more than 500 chapters and more than 17,000 active members in the U.S. and abroad, the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is one of the largest student-governed organizations based in the United States. NSBE, founded in 1975, supports and promotes the aspirations of collegiate and pre-collegiate students and technical professionals in engineering and technology. NSBE’s mission is “to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.” For more information, visit

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