Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (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, California. 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. Today, SHPE enjoys a strong but independent network of professional and student chapters throughout the nation.

The purpose of Purdue University Student Chapter of SHPE is to increase the number of Hispanics entering the field of science, technology, and engineering; to develop and implement programs to assist Hispanics pursuing science, technology and engineering as a profession; to assist active members in their pursuit to earn their degree through academic support; to cooperate with other SHPE student chapters in matters of common interest; to achieve a spirit of cooperation among the Hispanic community at Purdue; to expose young Hispanics to the fields of science, technology and engineering through outreach; and to jointly participate with other student organizations in projects at Purdue.

Dr. Juan Velasquez, the Purdue College of Engineering Managing Director of Strategic Initiatives, is the advisor to the Purdue SHPE chapter.

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