Tennessee Tech student to help lead National Society of Black Engineers

A senior chemical engineering student at Tennessee Technological University has been elected national secretary of the National Society of Black Engineers.

Sharon Phillips of Knoxville won election earlier this semester for her stances on a number of issues, including greater responsiveness to the needs of members of the society.

With more than 8,000 members, NSBE is one of the largest student-managed organizations in the country. The society strives to increase the number of black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact their communities. NSBE began in 1975 and works to promote public awareness of engineering and opportunities for blacks and other minorities in the profession.

While in office, Phillips, a 1992 graduate of Gibbs High School, aims to ensure all students are informed of national activities and have a direct line of communication to national officers. Phillips says the organization's web site, www.nsbe.org, will have a role in enhancing that interactive communication.

"We're delighted with Sharon's election," said Tony Marable, director of Minority Engineering at Tennessee Tech. "This is the highest office in NSBE ever held by a Tennessee Tech student. Through Sharon, we're looking forward to having a greater role and voice in NSBE."

Phillips previously served as president of Tennessee Tech's NSBE chapter and as a regional executive board member. She is also active in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and Zeta Phi Beta sorority.

After she completes her study at Tennessee Tech in the coming academic year, Phillips plans to attend graduate school and pursue a career in project management at an engineering firm. She is the daughter of Herman and Fransetta Phillips and granddaughter of Dr. Mildred E. Phillips and Ella Williams of Knoxville.