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Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
Formation1974 (1974)
TypeEngineering Society
HeadquartersLos Angeles, California
Region served

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 Latino 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's network includes close to 300 chapters throughout the U.S.

On June 1, 2017, SHPE announced Raquel Tamez would join the organization as Chief Executive Officer.[1][2][3] One month later, Miguel Alemañy was announced as the new Chair of the National Board of Directors.[4]

Along with AISES, NSBE, and SWE, SHPE is a founding member of the 50K Coalition,[5] a collaborative of more than 40 organizations focused on producing 50,000 diverse engineering graduates annually by 2025. SHPE is also a member of the STEM Education Coalition which works to raise awareness about the critical role that STEM education plays in enabling the U.S. to remain the economic and technological leader of the global marketplace.[6]


Volunteer leaders fill local leadership roles within SHPE's regions and chapters, which carry out SHPE's core programming. SHPE's programs are designed to raise awareness of and access to STEM among Hispanic and Latino communities, and directly serve K-12, undergraduate, and graduate students, as well as academic and industry professionals. In addition to its overall leadership development framework (SHPEology) for undergraduates, graduate students, and working professionals, SHPE runs the following individual programs:


SHPE also maintains a strong network by hosting three annual events offering leadership skills training and networking opportunities for its membership and supporters. These events include:

STAR Awards

Exclusive to the National SHPE Convention is the STAR Awards Gala, which recognizes key individuals and corporations who have contributed significantly to support Hispanics and Latinos in STEM.[18] SHPE presents the following awards:

Industry Partnership Council

Composed of national companies and government agencies committed to diversity and inclusion, SHPE's Industry Partnership Council (IPC) supports year-round programming, shares industry perspectives, provides resources and development tools, and invests in recruitment and retention for SHPE chapters. There are more than 45 IPC members.[21][22]


SHPE is a national organization and is divided into seven regions as the picture below shows.

Region States
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


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