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National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers

The National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers or NOBCChE (pronounced No-be-shay)[1] is a nonprofit, professional organization. NOBCChE's goal is to increase the number of minorities in science, technology, and engineering fields. The organization accomplishes this by creating bonds with professionals working at science-related companies and faculty at local school districts in order to get more minorities to pursue a career in science and engineering fields. NOBCChE focuses on establishing diversity programs for the professional development of young kids and to spread knowledge in science and engineering. NOBCChE chapters can be found nationwide.

National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers
MottoTo build an eminent cadre of successful diverse global leaders in STEM and advance their professional endeavors by adding value to their academic, development, leadership, and philanthropic endeavors throughout the life-cycle of their careers.
TypeScientific and Engineering Society
Headquarters8221 Ritchie Hwy, Suite 202, Pasadena, MD 21122
Dr. Emanuel Waddell
Dr. Lloyd Ferguson

Dr. Joseph Cannon Dr. William M. Jackson Dr. William Guilory Dr. Henry C. McBay Dr. Charles Merideth

Dr. James Porter



NOBCChE was co-founded in 1972 by a group of chemists and chemical engineers. Initially, the organization was financially aided by the Haas Community Fund and Drexel University. After receiving positive feedback and interest from other black chemists and chemical engineers, the founders decided to expand on their idea and set up a structured idea of what they wanted the society to emphasize. Two years later, the first national meeting was held in New Orleans, LA. At the conference, black chemists and chemical engineers found that they could discuss career-related issues with others who were in similar fields. Today, the national conference features various workshops, research presentations, and high school science bowls.

Founders of NOBCChEEdit

  • Dr. Joseph Cannon, Chemical Engineer, Prof. - Howard University
  • Dr. Lloyd Ferguson, Chemist, Prof. - California State University
  • Dr. William M. Jackson, Chemist, Prof. - Howard University
  • Dr. William Guilory, Chemist, Prof. - Drexel University
  • Dr. Henry C. McBay, Chemist, Prof. - Morehouse College
  • Dr. Charles Merideth, Chemist, Chancellor, The Atlanta University Center, Inc.
  • Dr. James Porter, Chemical Engineer, Prof. - MIT


The President has the overall responsibility for affecting the objectives of NOBCChE, oversees the day-to-day activities of the organization, and is the official representative of the organization. For over 42 years, talented, dedicated, and passionate professionals from industry, academia, and government have volunteered their time to lead the organization and advance the mission of creating an eminent cadre of people of color in STEM. Each NOBCChE President develops his or her own set goals with corresponding initiatives and events.[2]

# Year National President Affiliation*
1 1974-1980 Dr. William Guillory Drexel University
2 1981-1984 Dr. John B. Sapp, Jr. Texas Southern University
3 1984-1986 Dr. Edward D Walton US Naval Academy
4 1986-1989 Dr. Phillip Merchant Exxon Mobil
5 1989-1993 James Evans Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories
6 1994-2001 Winifred Burks-Houck Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories
7 2001-2003 Ella L Davis PQ Corporation
8 2003-2005 Dr. Marquita Qualls GlaxoSmithKline
9 2005-2007 Dr. Joseph Francisco Purdue University
10 2007-2013 Dr. Victor McCrary Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory
11 2013-2015 Dr. Judson Haynes, III Procter & Gamble
12 2015–2017 Talitha Hampton AstraZeneca
13 2017-Present Dr. Emanuel Waddell University of Alabama in Huntsville

*Affiliation at the time of election


  1. ^ Communications, NOBCChE. "The Story of NOBCChE". Retrieved 2017-09-06.
  2. ^ Communications, NOBCChE. "The NOBCChE Presidency". Retrieved 2016-03-09.

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