Students from various universities–over 20 students from around 10 universities- met on September 5, 2010 at Addis Ababa University for the first Society of Engineering Students meeting. The meeting showcased various program presentations including the consulting design competition and mentoring programs. The students also discussed the role of the recently incorporated Society of Engineering Students in Ethiopia to facilitate the establishment of the chapters on various campuses. The Society makes a case that the global competitiveness of the students and generally the nation, depends on the ability of the students to effectively collaborate and compete on a global stage. In addition, the role of leadership in the society bring out a disciplined workforce that can easily help students navigate the board room of the corporate world.
The effort to bring NSBE programs to Ethiopia was launched two years ago with a handful students and faculty at AAU and NYU-Poly. Last year, NSBE chapter members at the two universities designed a kiln for local pottery makers in Addis. The goal was to help the women that were using the sun and wood from the forest transition to a reliable and clean source of energy, biogas. The design incorporated a full scale design of a sewage disposal system to supplement as a feed source for the biodigester. The design placed third in the International Consulting Design Olympiad at the NSBE 36th National Convention in Toronto.