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Hispanic Engineering Society National Student Office Now at UTA

May 2, 2005

The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) is opening its national Student Programs office on the campus of The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). The office will be located in Nedderman Hall, the main building of UTA’s College of Engineering, beginning May 2.

The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers was founded in 1974 as a national organization of professional engineers who would serve as role models in the Hispanic community. SHPE has more than 8,000 student members, located on 200 campuses nationwide. The Student Programs office is a growing unit of the organization, directing activities such as scholarship, K-12 education, graduate, and student leadership programs.

SHPE National President Diana Gomez sees a great future in having the office at UTA. “The university setting will help reinforce our commitment to our members,” she said. “We’re interested in becoming partners with UTA and the College of Engineering in developing programs and funding opportunities that will benefit UTA and Latino students nationwide.”

UTA Provost Dana Dunn is just as optimistic about SHPE’s presence on the campus. “Their efforts in attracting more students from underrepresented groups to careers in engineering are very compatible with ours,” Dunn said. “Everyone knows we need more engineers, and the key to filling that demand is attracting talented, prospective students from all communities.”

“SHPE-UTA recently hosted the National Technical Career Conference Pre-College Day Program, inviting more than 350 high school students from the DFW area to campus for a one-day, motivational conference on higher education in science and engineering,” said Dr. Laureano Hoyos, professor of Civil Engineering and SHPE-UTA chapter faculty advisor. “The decision by SHPE to open its national Student Programs office at UTA is a well deserved recognition of all the efforts made by our student officers and members in becoming exemplary references for young Hispanic engineering students nationwide.”

A reception celebrating the opening of the office will take place in early June, when national officers of SHPE are scheduled to visit the new facilities.