Karl Reid is the newly appointed Executive Director of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), a 30,000 plus membership organization in Alexandria, Virginia whose mission is to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.
For more than 15 years, Dr. Reid has been a leading advocate for increasing college access and opportunity for low- income and minority youth. Dr. Reid comes to NSBE from the United Negro College Fund where he served as senior vice president of research, innovation and member college engagement. He oversaw new program development, research and capacity building for the organization’s 37 historically black colleges and universities.
Prior to joining UNCF, Dr. Reid was Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education and Director of the Office of Minority Education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he was responsible for the academic performance and leadership development of underrepresented minority students. He also served as Assistant to the MIT Chancellor for Student Diversity.
Earlier in his career, Dr. Reid served for eight years as executive director of Engineering Outreach Programs for MIT’s School of Engineering where he directed local and national college access programs that aimed to increase the number of students from underserved and underrepresented communities prepared to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). He also lectured on race, identity and academic achievement and served on MIT’s Committee on Undergraduate Engineering Practice, the Committee on Campus Race Relations and the Presidential Task Force on Minority Student Achievement. Born and raised in New York City and Long Island, New York, Dr. Reid earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT, and his Doctorate of Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. His research interests include exploring the relationships between racial identity and self- efficacy, and their influence on the academic achievement of African American males in higher education.
After graduating from MIT, Dr. Reid worked for 12 years in the computer industry in product management, marketing, sales and consulting for several companies including IBM where he won several regional and branch awards. Dr. Reid is a member of the Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society. Among other activities, he directs Christian education at the Reid Temple AME Church and blogs about academic achievement and success strategies.
Dr. Reid is a recipient of the NSBE Golden Torch Award for “Minority Engineering Program Director of the Year” and the Outstanding Advisor of the Year award from the MIT Academic Resource Center. He is also a recipient of the YMCA Black Achievers Award, the MIT Presidential Award for Community Service and the MIT Excellence Award for his outreach efforts. He and his wife Andrea live in Silver Spring, Maryland and have three children.