The 50th National Convention of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) was a resounding success, bringing together a vibrant community of aspiring engineers, seasoned professionals, and industry leaders. Held in the heart of Atlanta, Georgia, from March 20 to 24, 2024, this event provided a dynamic platform for knowledge exchange, networking, and professional growth for some of our cosmographers who attended.  

With lots of top companies in attendance actively recruiting talent, internship and full-time job opportunities abounded. From tech giants to startups, recruiters scouted for exceptional candidates, emphasizing diversity and inclusion. Cosmographers left with not just interview opportunities but also a sense of empowerment, knowing that their skills and potential were valued.

Cosmographers Anulika Nwashili, Emmanuel Addai, Ridwan Amure, Mary Mezue, and Lotenna Nwanna presented their research papers. Anulika presented her research titled “Development of Novel Therapeutic Medications using AI for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS),” which won the People’s Choice Poster Award at the #NSBE50 Technical Research Exhibition. Emmanual Addonai, Ridwan Amure, Mary Mezue, and Lotenna Nwanna presented their research titled “Complex Dynamics of Social Media Networks and Their Role in Cyberbullying: Insights Through Mathematical Modeling and Artificial Neural Networks,” which led to lively discussions that challenged assumptions and left attendees with fresh perspectives.

Mary says her experience at the convention was beautiful; every attendee seized the chance to forge meaningful connections with fellow engineers, recruiters, and mentors. The convention halls buzzed with energy as conversations flowed, business cards exchanged hands, and LinkedIn profiles lit up with new connections. Whether it was a casual chat during coffee breaks or a structured networking session, NSBE members leveraged these interactions to expand their professional circles.

We are always excited when Cosmographers attend conferences as it broadens their knowledge and connections. 

“COSMOS celebrates diversity and champions a representative next-generation workforce in the STEM discipline. Efforts such as the NSBE conference provide invaluable opportunities to advance that mission.,” said Dr. Agarwal.