The BESS mission is to form a network for and solidarity among student engineers, building a support system for engineers to ensure that they would stay in the field.
In a means to counter the lack of camaraderie and communication amongst black engineers, BESS was created to bring minority-engineering students together in order for them to share their knowledge and experiences. Letters were sent to all the minority-engineering students whose names and addresses were available. In April of 1975, BESS merged to be one of the chartered chapters of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE).
BESS hosts social and networking events as well as study sessions. They have a large focus on community outreach.
- Celebrating 40 years of excellence in October 2014
- National Society of Black Engineers Awards
- Outstanding Region 1 Chapter of the Year 2007-2009, 2012, 2014
- Outstanding Medium-Sized Chapter of the Year, 2012
- Outstanding Region 1 Chapter of the Month, November 2013
- National Technical Outreach and Community Help (TORCH) - Chapter of the Year, 2009 and 2010
- NU Community Service Organization of the Year 2009