The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) was founded in Los Angeles, California, 1974 by a group of engineers employed by the city of Los Angeles. SHESS Cal State LA was one of the founding chapters for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers; therefore, we have maintained our original name as the Society of Hispanic Engineers and Science Students. Our student chapter embodies the principles, “Commit to Excellence and Engage in Community” through our collaboration and our effective use of resources on our campus and within our community. We have a long tradition developing and training the next generation of innovative STEM professionals and leaders.
Community service and outreach have been a very big part of our SHPE student chapter. Events such as MESA Day, Boeing Day, and E-Week have all been successful in the promotion of STEM to young students. For example, the Crystal Cuevas Down Syndrome Fund Annual Christmas Party has been an event that we have contributed to over the years. Recently, SHESS has begun to represent in larger numbers to SHPE National events and hopes to continue to grow and develop as a student chapter.
Finally, as one of the founding chapters for SHPE National, we aspire to continue the legacy that our founding members started.
Purpose of the Organization
- Promote ethical leadership, academic achievement, and cultivate civic responsibility.
- Provide professional, educational and cultural support in the community and promote educational development programs that support the advancement of our members.
- Improve the quality of employment and education programs preparing students to become professional engineers and scientists.
- Increase the number of Hispanics and minorities entering the field of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).
- Actively promote the policies, objectives, and programs of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE).
To promote the development of Hispanics in engineering, math and science related fields. To also promote the academic and professional advancement of members to achieve educational excellence, economic opportunity, and social equality; and provide and improve the environment in which students work and study as well as introduce them to professionals and the corporate world.