- BS, Civil Engineering, Michigan State University (1979)
- MBA, The University of Chicago (1992)
Co-founder of the Chicago chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
Gabriel Najera has a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering (1979), Michigan State University and a Masters of Business Administration (1992), The University of Chicago.
He is the co-founder of the Chicago chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and served as that chapter’s first president. The Chicago chapter, established in 1980, was one of the first two professional chapters of SHPE. Today SHPE has over 35 professional chapters and is the largest Hispanic engineering organization in the United States with a membership of over 5,000. In 1995 Gabriel Najera received SHPE’s highest national honor, the “Jaime Oaxaca” award for his lifetime achievements and contributions to the Hispanic community and minority engineering initiatives.
His achievements in Hispanic and minority engineering initiatives have gained him the recognition from Amoco Corporation, the Chicago Museum of Science & Industry, the University of Puerto Rico, The Society of Women Engineers and the Navajo Indian Nation.
He has been a featured key note speaker across the nation at seminars, banquets and universities on motivation, engineering techniques, Hispanic issues, and international negotiations. He is a published author with his articles appearing in local and international publications.