University of Southern California
National Society of Black Engineers - USC Chapter

About the Founders

Anthony Harris

Mr. Harris is the founder of the National Society of Black Engineers and currently serves as Chair of its National Advisory Board. He is also a member of the Executive Leadership Council.  He earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue in 1975 and an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business in 1979. He was named a Purdue Outstanding Mechanical Engineer in 1999. On February 22, 2008 Mr. Harris was awarded the distinction of Distinguished Engineering Alumnus by Purdue University.

Currently, he is the president and CEO of Campbell/Harris Security Equipment Company (CSECO), a manufacturer of contraband, explosives, and “dirty bomb” detection equipment. His primary customers include the US State Department, the Department of Homeland Security, and the US Customs and Border Patrol. CSECO products are also used by domestic and international law enforcement agencies. Prior to acquiring CSECO Mr. Harris was vice president of marketing for Calpine Corporation headquartered in San Jose, California.


Brian Harris

Brian Harris earned a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Engineering from Purdue University. He began his professional career in 1975 with Amoco Chemicals Corporation as a project engineer for the engineering group. Following project assignments in Houston, he was reassigned to the corporate headquarters in Chicago, joining the sales department as the Midwest regional sales representative. He is currently a general partner in Progressive Development & Associates, a construction management firm and owner of a commercial and residential painting company.


Edward A. Coleman

Edward Coleman received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and a MBA from DePaul University. After graduating from Purdue, he joined Standard Oil of Indiana as a refinery engineer. Later he joined AT&T in 1979. Assignments with the company have included stints with NCR and now, Lucent. His responsibilities have included sales support, project management, product management, and software development for various network communications and computer products. He is currently manager of Wireless Data Strategy and Product Management for Lucent Technologies.


George A. Smith

George Smith received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University.  Upon graduating from Purdue, Smith joined General Electric as a Process Control Engineer. In 1978, he moved to Hewlett Packard and launched a successful career as a Field Sales Engineer. By 1985, he had won many awards and was promoted to District Sales Manager. Smith earned the HP President’s Club Award, the highest recognition offered at HP. Smith is most proud of the two groundbreaking business improvement books he authored, Sales Productivity Measurement and The Sales Quality Audit. Both are published by the American Society of Quality.


Dr. Arthur Bond, Ph.D.

Dr. Arthur Bond received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University. He joined Alabama A&M as Dean of Engineering and Technology in August 1992 after having served as professor and head of the Electrical Engineering Department at Tuskegee University since 1989. Dr. Bond is a tireless advocate for quality engineering education for minorities. As a result of his efforts, AAMU is the only university in the country to have a directed verdict that ordered new engineering programs. The verdict came out of a long running desegregation lawsuit against the State of Alabama. In May 1999, AAMU graduated its first class from the Electrical and Mechanical Engineering programs.


Stanley L. Kirtley (Deceased)

Stanley L. Kirtley earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Purdue and a MBA with Distinction in Marketing from Keller Graduate School of Management. He was vice president of Client Community relations for ASC Services Company, L.L.C. in Chicago. ASC is a $160M architectural/engineering design and construction management firm. ASC manages Ameritech’s construction program. Previously, Kirtley held various assignments in real estate, design and construction, and purchasing at Ameritech. He was also an advisory board member for the School of Civil Engineering at Purdue, in addition to serving as a member of the Industrial Advisory Board for the Purdue Chapter of NSBE.


John W. Logan, Jr. (Deceased)

John Logan graduated from Purdue University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering in 1975. Logan was vice president at the 1st National Convention. Until his untimely death, Logan continued his affiliation with NSBE by participating in national conferences and working diligently to assist Amoco’s minority engineering recruitment efforts. Purdue University’s Minority Engineering Program and The Amoco Foundation established the John Logan Memorial Scholarship fund in his honor.

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