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 other countries. SHPE is the largest and fastest growing Hispanic technical organization in the country. SHPE is a national organization of 109 student chapters and 31 professional chapters in over 110 cities across the United States.
The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers at Clarkson University has been an active professional society on campus for the past twenty one years. SHPE at Clarkson was registered as an official SHPE student chapter in 1991. We have experienced tremendous growth over the past twenty one years despite the lack in number of freshman minorities entering Clarkson. Our goals as an organization includes recruitment, retention, and the development of professional, interpersonal, and communication skills. In order to realize the goals confirmed in our mission statement, SHPE at Clarkson has organized many activities both on and off campus since its establishment. SHPE at Clarkson in conjunction with the other 5 societies has brought the Annual Corporate Reception to the Clarkson community for the past five years. SHPE at Clarkson holds weekly general meetings where we discuss future plans, inform our members of different career and educational opportunities, organize events, and hold an activity or discussion that boost SHPE sprit. Academic and personal development programs are also in place to forest a healthy academic and social standing among our members. Plans are in place to hold aggressive outreach activities where SHPE at Clarkson can invite local high school students to follow a career in engineering, science or any other field touching on the areas of STEM.