Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) was founded in Los Angeles, California, in 1974 by a group of engineers employed by the city of Los Angeles. Their objective was to form a national organization of professional engineers to serve as role models in the Hispanic community.
Social networking was the key basis for the organization. SHPE quickly established two student chapters to begin the network that would grow to encompass the nation as well as reach countries outside the United States. Today, SHPE enjoys a strong but independent network of professional and student chapters throughout the nation.
National President: Manuel "Manny" Hernandez - President's Message
The Hispanic Alliance for STEM Opportunities is a coalition to improve science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. The alliance is made up of SHPE, the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference (HENAAC) and IBM.
SHPE has three very important conferences throughout the year. First, the National Institute for Leadership Advancement (NILA) is a conference that provides leadership tools to new elected leaders for the undergraduate and professional chapters. This conference is a great opportunity to network with SHPE leaders and build new relationships among chapters. Also, NILA gives a great opportunity to improve the resume of the members that attend because if they pass the final exam at the conference, they obtain a certification for Chapter Leaders. Second, the National SHPE Conference is the best opportunity to network with companies and obtain internships or full-time jobs. The National Conference is the biggest conference for Hispanics in United States. More than 200 companies attend to the career fair looking for Hispanic talent. Also, they support different competitions like the Extreme Engineering that consists of a non-stop 24 hours competition to design a specific machine. Another important activity at the Conference is that chapters are awarded for their dedication and improvement over the previous year according to the reports sent. Finally, the Regional Leadership Development Conference (RLDC) is the opportunity for the new leaders of the chapter to increase their leadership abilities and network with the leaders of the region. The seven regions have an RLDC conference each year at a specific university. All the conferences offer leadership skills training and networking opportunities.
SHPE is a national organization and is divided into seven regions as the picture below shows.
|1||AK, Northern NV, Northern CA, OR, WA|
|2||AZ, HI, Southern CA, Southern NV|
|3||CO, ID, KS, NE, NM, ND, MT, SD, UT, WY|
|4||CT, DE, ME, MD, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT, VA, WV, PR|
|5||AL, AR, LA, MS, OK, TN, TX|
|6||IL, IN, IA, KY, MI, MN, MO, OH, WI|
|7||NC, SC, GA, FL|
- "Strength in Numbers; Educational Alliance Announced at Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers National Conference Will Improve Prospects for Youth and U.S. Economy Too". SHPE Press Release. January 13, 2007. Retrieved 30 January 2010.
- Marquez, Myriam (February 4, 1998). "It will take more than numbers to ensure success for Hispanics". Orlando Sentinel (Orlando, Florida). p. A.10. Retrieved 30 January 2010.
- "Students win national award: Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers honors local latinos". Santa Maria Times (Santa Maria, California). February 12, 2005. Retrieved 30 January 2010.
- Puleio, Dan (January 20, 2007). "Naval Officer Receives Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Technology Award". United States Navy News. Retrieved 30 January 2010.
- Puleio, Dan (January 24, 2007). "VCNO Delivers Keynote Speech to Hispanic Engineering Professionals". United States Navy News. Retrieved 30 January 2010.
Some professional chapters include:
- Twin Cities Professional Chapter
- San Francisco Bay Area Professional Chapter
- The Chicago Professional Chapter
- The New York City Professional Chapter
- The Western Pennsylvania Professional Chapter
- The Baltimore Professional Chapter
- The San Diego Professional Chapter
- The Las Vegas Professional Chapter
- The Washington DC Professional Chapter
- The Puget Sound (Seattle) Professional Chapter
Some student chapters include:
- Florida State University at Tallahassee
- The University of California at Berkeley
- The University of California at Los Angeles
- The Johns Hopkins University
- The University of Southern California
- The University of Miami
- The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- The University of California, San Diego
- California State University, Los Angeles
- California State University, Fresno.
- The San Diego State University
- California State University, Sacramento
- University of Arizona
- Arizona State University
- California State University, Fresno
- The Stony Brook University
- Florida International University
- The University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez
- LAESA-SHPE The City College of New York
- SHPE@WIT The Wentworth Institute of Technology
- University of Washington
- Rutgers University
- Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Chapter