One of the Largest Conventions in 2012 Hits Pittsburgh

National Society of Black Engineers Annual Convention

PITTSBURGH - One of the largest conventions of the year will take place in Pittsburgh next month, with the arrival of about 8,000 members of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), one of the largest student-managed organizations in the world. The conference will take place Wednesday, March 28 through Sunday, April 1, 2012 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

NSBE's mission is to increase the number of culturally responsible African American engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.

"We are absolutely delighted to welcome NSBE back to Pittsburgh," said Joe McGrath, president and CEO of VisitPittsburgh, noting that the organization held a successful conference here in 2006. "This return engagement demonstrates that Pittsburgh, together with the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, combine to create the ideal destination for a convention of this significant size."

VisitPittsburgh estimates that attendees will leave behind an anticipated $14 million in direct visitor spending.

In a 2006 letter to VisitPittsburgh, then the Greater Pittsburgh Convention & Visitors Bureau, NSBE officials wrote: "You made us feel welcome from Day 1, were responsive to our requests and made sure our convention attendees were well taken care of. With your help, this year's event was undoubtedly one of our best ever."

All told, NSBE has more than 30,000 members worldwide. It offers educational, professional and networking programs to middle school and high school students, and undergraduates and graduate students in engineering, math, physical or applied science degree programs.

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