About Us


SHPE changes lives by empowering the Hispanic community to realize its fullest potential and to impact the world through STEM awareness, access, support and development.


SHPE’s vision is a world where Hispanics are highly valued and influential as the leading innovators, scientists, mathematicians and engineers.

Chapter Goals

  • Increase the number of Latino students pursing engineering and science
  • Provide counseling and financial assistance to Latino students pursuing engineering and science
  • Improve educational and employment opportunities for Latinos in engineering and science
  • Ensure that schools of high Latino population have access to technology
  • Promote the professional advancement and development of Latinos
  • Promote the professional advancement of Latina women in engineering and science

SHPE Nationals 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.

SHPE Fresno Chapter History

A number of Fresno Latino professional engineers saw the need for an organization such as SHPE in the Fresno area. They applied and received entry into SHPE in 1987. The interim Professional Board consisted of Raul Garcia Jr. as President and Rudy Garcia as V.P. Secretary was Miguel Hidalgo and Treasurer, Luis Herrera. Gus Lerma, Region 1 V.P. at the time, was instrumental in helping Fresno build a strong foundation. Personal congratulations calls came in from Richard Jimenez, Rodrigo Garcia, and Ricardo Pinos who were part of the founders of SHPE Professional in 1974.


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