SHPE Chapter ID: 5195767
The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers at The University of Texas at Arlington
SHPE is the Source for Quality Hispanic Engineers and Technical Talent.
National: 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.
Local: SHPE UTA was founded in 1990 by a group of students who had the vision to see the need of influential and motivational Hispanic engineering students within the College of Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington. Since its inception, SHPE UTA has made great strides in establishing professional and motivational activities in which its members could participate. In 1998, SHPE UTA hosted its first regional conference, the Professional and Student Advisory Conference (PSAC). Membership within SHPE UTA exceeded 50 members. This was the peak of the chapter’s development. In 1999, the members of the student chapter at U.T. Arlington graduated. With their graduation came the end of a prosperous era for SHPE UTA. The next two years were filled with little activity within the student chapter. During the Fall Semester of 2000, a group of proactive members saw the potential in this great organization. They began to motivate and promote the advancement of Hispanics in engineering on campus and within the community. Ever since it’s rebirth in 2000, SHPE UTA has been on a bumpy ride. Its membership has grown and dropped year after year. Never the less, its membership is always growing. Today SHPE UTA stands 45 members strong. Last year brought many new and motivated members, some of which have taken the steps in becoming its leadership for this year.
AHETEMS: The Advancing Hispanic Excellence in Technology, Engineering, Math and Science (AHETEMS) Foundation. (pronounced a-teams) is an independent 501(c)(3) working exclusively to develop educational enrichment and academic outreach initiatives, for Latinos/as, that extend throughout the pre-college to PhD pathway. For more information, please see:AHETEMS Website .