SHPE National History

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.

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SHPE DC History

The SHPE-DC professional chapter was formed in 1988 by a group of Hispanic engineers and scientists who recognized the need to represent the professional Hispanic community working in several federal agencies and industries in the Washington DC metropolitan area.

SHPE DC has been very active within the past years, while developing our members and promoting engineering, math and science to Latinos in the community. SHPE DC won the most improved chapter award at the 2009 national conference and was recently awarded the title of outstanding professional chapter in region 4. We look forward to continue collaborating, partnering and establishing new contacts that will bring more professional exposure for our members.

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SHPE changes lives by empowering the Hispanic community to realize its fullest potential and to 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.

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