History of SHPE
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.
About SHPE @ Seattle University
Mission for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers @ SU
SHPE promotes the development of students in engineering, science, and other technical professions to achieve educational excellence, economic opportunity, and social equity. We are brought together by heritage, social responsibility and desire to improve the equality of all people with science and technology. We value excellence in education, professional pursuits and leadership. We obtain excellence through integrity, empowerment, achievement, diversity and continued improvement.
The student chapter of SHPE @ SU is committed to aid Hispanic science and engineering students to graduate and successfully attain their career goals. SHPE is somewhat unique in that its purpose combines academic, professional, social and community interests. The Seattle University Student Chapter of SHPE concerns itself with:
- Increasing the number of Hispanics engineering students at Seattle University
- Promote the advancement of Hispanic engineers and scientists in employment and education
- Develop and participate in programs with industry and the university, which benefit students seeking a technical degree
- Improve the retention of Hispanic students enrolled in engineering and science
- Provide a forum for the exchange of information pertinent for Hispanic engineering/science students seeking technical degrees
- Developing a sense of unity and companionship among fellow Hispanics pursuing similar goals.