NSBE Profile: Perseverance and Family

National Black Engineers (NSBE) President Jordan Potts, is right at home at the Speed School. Growing up in a small town in Eastern Kentucky, Potts gravitated towards Louisville not only by virtue of his education and Woodford R. Porter scholarship, but because of the diversity that Louisville offers. Potts is a charismatic senior, the reigning UofL Homecoming King and a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, part of the Divine Nine. This May, he will graduate with a degree in Civil Engineering, which he plans to use as the basis for his graduate work at Louis D. Brandeis School of Law to become a patent attorney. Ideally, he hopes to start his own firm.

Initially overwhelmed by the requirements of his major, Potts stands by the NSBE mission statement “to increase the number of culturally responsible Black Engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community."

"It’s important to me because everything the mission statement says is true. You can become a close-knit family as is before. It’s more than an organization it’s a family. It’s important to me, because of the networking thing. You can get opportunities that you might not have if you were not NSBE. People are going through the same struggle you are, because you are a black engineer,” says Potts.

His advice to current and incoming African American students? Potts says, “Never give up. Find a mentor, especially who’s already in the engineering program, the undergraduate engineering program. They can guide you with how to study or how to get a co-op. Also, nothing ever comes easy. You have to go get it. If it was easy, everyone would do it.”

Read more NSBE Profiles:

NSBE Profile: Building a Better Tomorrow
NSBE Profile: Speaking Out on Engineering and Community
NSBE Profile: Balancing the Future and the Past
NSBE Profile: The Value