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SHPE 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.


Founding Fathers - 1974


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


SHPE National Statement of Values

Mission: SHPE is the Source for Quality Hispanic Engineers and Technical Talent.

Vision: SHPE is the leading social-technical organization whose primary function is to enhance and achieve the potential of Hispanics in engineering, math and


Strategic Focus Areas: We will fulfill our mission by increasing educational opportunities, promoting professional and personal growth, carry out our social

responsibility to be involved in education, business and government issues and enhancing pride within our organization and reinforcing our reputation as a vital

Hispanic organization.

SHPE Binghamton Mission Statement

We aim to become a leading social-technical organization whose main goal is to reach potential of not only Hispanics but also of Non-Hispanics in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Our value of excellence in all aspects drives us to constantly improve and learn from others.


  • Provide our members with opportunities for professional development through programs
  • Establish networking opportunities with corporate partners and alumni
  • Offer programs to develop engineering skills such as communication and leadership
  • Provide events beneficial for members, students and the community
  • Expand the size of our chapter by gaining more members and supporters

SHPE Binghamton History

The Binghamton University Chapter of SHPE is a relatively small group. However, in the past year we have already doubled the number of members. Recently receiving more recognition through successful events and fundraising are accomplishments that will help to better our organization.

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Last Updated: 4/8/11