Karl W. Reid
Executive Director, National Society of Black Engineers

Executive I Panelist
Karl W. Reid was named executive director of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) in 2014, marking his return to the organization that gave him his first major leadership experience 31 years earlier. Reid came to NSBE from the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), where he oversaw new program development, research and capacity building for the organization’s 37 historically black colleges and universities and held the title of senior vice president for research, innovation, and member college engagement. Before his service at UNCF, he worked in positions of increasing responsibility to increase diversity at his alma mater, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which he left as associate dean of undergraduate education and director of the Office of Minority Education. While working at MIT, Reid earned his Doctor of Education degree at Harvard University. He earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees in materials science and engineering from MIT, where he first became involved with NSBE. Reid is now supporting NSBE’s National Executive Board and the society’s 31,000 members in reaching the main goal of NSBE’s 10-year strategic plan: to move black students and professionals from underrepresentation to overrepresentation in engineering in the U.S., by producing 10,000 black engineers annually in the country, by 2025. Reid is a member of the DC STEM Network Advisory Council and the American Society of Civil Engineers’ "Dream Big" IMAX Movie Technical Advisory Council, and was recently named one of the "Top 100 Executives in America" by Uptown Professional magazine.