About SHPE at Syracuse University

Founded in 1987, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) at Syracuse University promotes Hispanic culture and opportunities for all students on campus. We are a student-led organization that has earned recognition by working professionally while keeping the feel of a “Familia” away from home. We are an all-inclusive organization, and our membership consists of a diverse mix of Hispanic and non-Hispanic students representing various areas of study at SU.


The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers aims to change the lives of students by empowering the Hispanic community and creating a campus environment that embraces diversity in STEM. Our goal is to make this possible by working closely with faculty, staff, alumni, student organizations and professionals. Through our devotion to collaborating with others, we hope to help students reach their fullest potential by gaining a greater social network, access to resources, support, and development.


SHPE’s vision is a world where Hispanics are highly valued and influential as leading innovators, scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. Striving for a more inclusive STEM community is something we believe can help anyone feel like they belong as they progress in their career path.¬† We envision our work leading to an¬†impact on students transcending the Syracuse University campus and persisting beyond their college experience.

National History

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 countries outside the United States. Today, SHPE enjoys a strong but independent network of professional and student chapters throughout the nation.

For more information, visit SHPE’s national website.