Please join UIC’s Social Justice Initiative, National Society of Black Engineers, Engineering Department and Minority Engineering Recruitment and Retention Program as we bring together students and professionals who use their engineering skills and expertise to engage communities and create positive change. Dr. Karl Reid, the Executive Director of the National Society of Black Engineers, will give a keynote lecture in which he will discuss various ways engineering students can engage with communities and use their degree to create positive social change.
Karl W. Reid, Ed.D. is the executive director of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). Dr. Reid came to NSBE from the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), where he oversaw new program development, research and capacity building for the organization’s 37 historically black colleges and universities and held the title of senior vice president for research, innovation and member college engagement. Before his service at UNCF, he worked in positions of increasing responsibility to increase diversity at his alma mater, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which he left as Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education and Director of the Office of Minority Education. While working at MIT, Dr. Reid earned his Doctor of Education degree at Harvard University. His thesis explored the interrelationship of race, identity and academic achievement. Dr. Reid is now supporting NSBE’s National Executive Board and the Society’s 31,000 members in reaching the main goal of NSBE’s 10-year Strategic Plan: to move black students and professionals from underrepresentation to overrepresentation in engineering in the U.S., by producing 10,000 Black Engineers annually in the country, by 2025.