- National Organization for Business and Engineering
National Organization for Business and Engineering Established 2006 Incorporated 2008 National President Katy Hoover Members 400+ Nationally Website http://www.nobenational.org
The National Organization for Business and Engineering (also referred to as NOBE) is a national society uniting business, management, and engineering organizations from universities coast to coast. NOBE strives to produce and refine leadership internally and develop professional skills in our members that can be translated into success in the business world.
In 2006, a member of the Society for Business and Management in Engineering (SBME) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign proposed the idea to take the organization to a national level to gain exposure and recognition, while providing an environment for students all over the nation who are interested in business and engineering. SBME contacted similar organizations at three other universities with this idea, and since then, students from the four universities have been collaborating on the creation of the National Organization for Business and Engineering. In 2007, this vision became a reality, and NOBE is now a growing national organization.
At the annual NOBE National Conference held in February 2010, all chapters ratified the NOBE Constitution, a process that has been underway for over a year. Important issues, including national board elections, new chapter application, probation, and chapter structure, were debated and voted upon. By the end of the conference, all chapters were in agreement with the Constitution, and it became the official governing document of the national organization.
National Executive Board
In addition to ratifying the official NOBE Constitution at the 2010 NOBE National Conference, the first national governing board was formed to continue growth and development of the national organization. Elections were held for 5 positions. Katy Hoover, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign chapter, was elected the first president of the national organization. Other positions were filled by Adam Brunner (Vice President), Andrew Quinn (Finance Director), Kevin Daley (Secretary), and David Grochocki (Technology Director).
The local chapters of National Organization of Business and Engineering keep holding events throughout years in and out campus to pursue the goal of bringing the business perspective to engineering and technology students. Local events include case studies with different companies, company info sessions, faculty speeches, lectures related to interviews and job hunting and etc.
Besides, the National Organization of Business and Engineering holds national events each year.
One tradition is the National Conference. The National Organization of Business and Engineering has a three day long national conference each spring semester and the board members and general members from each chapter will go to a host school to attend the conference. The content of the conference includes annual summary of NOBE’s operation, discussion panels, speeches of different topics, workshops related to what is going on in today’s business and engineering society, the national election and a banquet.
The national conference was held in Purdue University in 2009 and in University of Wisconsin in 2010. The conference of 2011 will be held in University of Illinois.
Other events held by the National Organization of Business and Engineering included a Stock Market Simulation Game. This is an online stock game with real stock market but virtue capitals. Any member from NOBE can play this game and the competition was among all the chapters. The first three places of the game would win prices. The Game was held in 2010 and lasted for three months.
The National Organization of Business and Engineering also has case studies which prove to be very informative and gives students a chance to take part in actual case studies with reputed companies like Dow Chemicals and Caterpillar. They give you hands on experience about how to approach a problem and how to impromptu convince your customer about why he/she should buy your product. This makes these case studies all the more exciting and challenging. The case studies give a group of students a particular situation in which you are expected to sell your product to the customer where you are given the advantages and dis-advantages of a product and the students are supposed to crack the deal with the customer in a limited amount of time. The students are also awarded with the first, second and third prices to add another incentive and encourage them to participate.
Purdue University has these events every year where students participate in groups which also helps them build their knowledge about team work and how to co-ordinate with people and get work done with under pressure. These case studies are also very famous with the students from the Krannert School of Business and this makes students relate to how business and engineering actually work together.
University Member Since Description University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2006 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. Purdue University 2006 The Purdue Chapter was formerly known as the Society of Business Engineers (SBE), a student organization founded in April 1999 on the belief that providing opportunities for engineering students to develop business skills and learn about possible career opportunities in the business world would be a rewarding investment for their future. Combining business with an engineering curriculum gives one the ability to possess a technical background while being able to apply it to the business world. As NOBE this chapter consists of over 100 engineering students from various schools of engineering. University of Wisconsin–Madison 2006 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. Drexel University Spring 2009 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. University of Southern California 2010 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.
McGill University 2011 The McGill Engineers in Business club became a chapter of NOBE in January 2011. The first board was set up at the end of the 2010-2011 academic year after a successful year of events attracting many students mostly from the engineering faculty.
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