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.
The Texas Tech University SHPE chapter was initially formed by our first President, Frank Garcia. Our chapter was officially established as an organization on campus in June 1990. Throughout the years, our chapter has continued to grow in members and strive in achieving its mission of advancing Hispanics in STEM related fields. For the past seven years, we have had the following members serve as President for our TTU SHPE Chapter: Marynell Subia (2015-2016), Santos Montoya (Spring 2015), Ismael Castillo-Avila (2014-2015), David Sanchez (Fall 2013), Christian Duchesne (Spring 2013), Gabriela Gutierrez (Fall 2012), Francisco Gonzalez (Spring 2012), Mike Banda (2011-2012), Frank Amador (2010), Mary Yanez (Spring 2009) and Alexander Mattey (Fall 2008).
The TTU SHPE chapter has continued to motivate, support and influence our members, the Lubbock community and the Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering. Our chapter has been making great strides in developing the skills of our members to prepare them professionally and personally. By instilling upon them to give back to our local community, TTU SHPE members are able to develop at a personal level and serve as role models for future young engineers. Our chapter is actively involved with Engineering Week, Noche de Ciencias, community service and the Engineering Opportunity Center. The TTU SHPE Chapter takes pride in serving the community and promoting STEM awareness in grade schools. In December 2011, the chapter established its first SHPE Jr. chapter in Estacado High School.
Our accomplishments have resulted from our chapter’s hard work and dedication in changing the lives of many high school and middle school age students. The chapter encourages and supports these students to reach their highest potential. Our goal is to increase the number of Hispanics in STEM fields by continuing to promote the mission of SHPE to students within Texas Tech University. The TTU SHPE chapter has continued to grow in membership and be a positive influence in the Hispanic community.