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Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers


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



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.

Chapter History

In 2011, the Michigan State University (MSU) Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Chapter nearly went extinct but the advisor Kyle Foster assisted in the construction of MSU SHPE. Beginning with only two paid members, Jose Carmona and Ruben Valencia grew the membership of the organization and amended the bylaws. Unfortunately, like every new start the organization saw many struggles like the lack an executive board, outreach further than friends, and the lack of communication between members. By the end Jose and Ruben desired to pass the baton in hopes of a shift, Mario Gutierrez, the new president, and others reconstructed the MSU SHPE by clarifying goals, vision, events, and extending membership to new faces setting an all time new record. In 2013, MSU SHPE took big strides to contribute to the mission of the national organization by increasing SHPE National Conference attendance, establishing many corporate sponsors, and redesigning the website. Perhaps the greatest achievement was the composition of the first ever Noche De Ciencia in the Lansing Area. Now we stand together as a family.