We are the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Region IV chapter at Carnegie Mellon University.
SHPE's mission is to promote the development of Hispanics in engineering, science and other technical professions to achieve educational and professional excellence.
Our members work hard to increase the educational opportunities of Hispanics at Carnegie Mellon University. We strive to promote professional and personal growth and encourage students to participate in activities that further their professional and social ambitions.
In 1974, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers was founded in Los Angeles, California by engineers employed by the city. What they hoped to create was a society of engineers that would serve as role models and inspire the Hispanic community for future generations. SHPE focused on
Networking as its central theme. Originally two chapters large, SHPE quickly grew into a nationwide organization, even influencing outside countries.
Obtained from the national SHPE website, the founding fathers were as follows:
1974 Founding Fathers
President: Rodrigo T. Garcia
1st Vice President: Americo Garza
2nd Vice President: George Esquer
Secretary: Andres SantaMaria
Treasurer: Alex Vidaurrazaga
N/A: William E. Nuanes*
* Did not hold office in 1974
The origins of Carnegie Mellon SHPE are not actually known, but our chapter organization estimates that we will be approaching our tenth year
in existence. As previously stated, we are a relatively young organization, but in the short amount of time we have strived make a strong positive impact on the growing Latino community.
Please consult the following document for a comprehensive declaration of our chapter bylaws.