WHO WE ARE
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.
The concept of 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.
SHPE changes lives by empowering the Hispanic community to realize their fullest potential and impacts the world through STEM awareness, access, support and development.
Founded in 1991, SHPE-RIT is known to prize its heritage and strive to endorse its members with qualities of leadership and excellence. Recently, the executive board has manage to defeat the odds by reestablishing SHPE-RIT on campus through a series of professional, academic and social events. Under the our current president, Lemuel Lebron, who took great initiatives into leading the developing of new recruitment and retention strategies both student and professional, SHPE-RIT has grown at a rapid pace and has been sponsored by Northrop Grumman and Xerox. We also have had many professional visits on site from companies such as Kodak, EMC and Intel.
Statement of Values
We are brought together by heritage, social responsibility and desire to improve the equality of all people through the use of science and technology. We value excellence in education, professional pursuits and leadership. We obtain excellence through integrity, empowerment, achievement, diversity and continuous improvement.
SHPE's vision is a world where Hispanics are highly valued and influential as the leading innovators, scientists, mathematicians and engineers.
Strategic Focus Areas
We will fulfill our mission by increasing educational opportunities, promoting professional and personal growth, carry out our social responsibility to be involved in education, business and government issues and enhancing pride within our organization and reinforcing our reputation as a vital Hispanic organization.
This has been my second year in SHPE, and I have grown in confidence and character. With time, the flexibility of the board has allowed me not only to gain more responsibilities but also have a great time along the way.Oscar Flores, Texas A&M University
These seminars offered by SHPE are critical in that I get to step out of my normal environment and see things from a different perspective.Michael J. Lopez, Intel
Because of my experience with SHPE, I have been able to excel at a faster pace than my peers who join my team with similar education, background and experience.Zoila Haro, Microsoft