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 include over 10,000 members throughout the United States. Today SHPE enjoys a strong but independent membership of professionals and students representing industries across all STEM fields.
For over 40 years SHPE has been changing lives by empowering the Hispanic community to realize its fullest potential and impact the world through STEM awareness, access, support and development. SHPE’s vision is a world where Hispanics are highly valued and influential as the leading innovators, scientists, mathematicians and engineers.
The annual SHPE National Convention is the largest technical and career conference for Hispanics in STEM the country. Each year, the SHPE Convention attracts over 6,000 STEM students, professionals and corporate representatives. The convention is an opportunity for leading corporations, government agencies, and other organizations to recruit top STEM talent. The convention also provides educational, technical, competitive and other development opportunities for professionals and students in STEM.